Because when doesn’t Clay Matthews have a hamstring injury?
Actually, we have an answer for that — when he’s playing inside linebacker. The only times in Matthews’ career that he’s played in all 16 games since his rookie year, were the two seasons he spent at inside linebacker (2014-15).
Every other season (minus 2009), Matthews missed games. More often then not, when he was injured, it was a hamstring injury. So lo and behold! Clay Matthews has a hamstring injury again.
He’s been limited in practice this week. And if you’re keeping tabs, you also know that Matthews missed the Detroit game in week 3 with a hamstring injury.
Interestingly, Matthews braced us for this. He said that with the move back to outside linebacker he was likely to be injured more.
“Every play is a full-speed, ballistic get off, so yeah, it can wear on you,” Matthews said. “Especially with the success we’ve had in the run game, teams are going to pass it 40, 50 times a game. But each position is taxing in its own right; especially at that elephant outside linebacker position, every snap is a one-on-one battle.”
While we get his rationale there, we don’t really understand why it’s always the hamstring.
Someone must have put a curse on that guy’s hamstrings.