Injury Report: Matthews Encouraged

Clay Matthews was a limited participant at practice after missing the end of the Detroit game with an injured groin. All 52 players practiced for the Packers, while the Bears are battling numerous injuries.

Clay Matthews, who was sidelined for the end of Sunday’s loss to Detroit with a groin injury, was a limited participant as the Green Bay Packers kicked off their practice week on Wednesday.

Matthews seemed to be moving well during the individual drills that reporters were allowed to see. In a brief appearance in the locker room at the end of media availability, Matthews said he found how he felt at practice “encouraging.”

“Clay is always going to do everything he can. Just take it day by day,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

The Packers had all 52 players on the roster participating, including inside linebacker Brad Jones. Jones, who started the season-opening game at Seattle, has missed the past two games with a quad injury. He was limited at practice. Once Jones is fully healthy, McCarthy will have a decision to make. Jones had been the team’s every-down inside linebacker, with A.J. Hawk moving into that three-down role and Jamari Lattimore playing well in Jones’ absence.

Receiver Jarrett Boykin (knee), right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and cornerback Davon House (knee) were all full participation. Outside linebacker Nick Perry (wrist) joined Jones and Matthews as limited participants.

“He feels good. He’s progressing,” McCarthy said of Bulaga. “It was good to get him back out there. I think everybody, him included, was happy with the way he was able to play and finish. I think he’ll be a week better this week. He had a good day at practice today.”

The Bears, who played at the Jets on Monday night, did not practice on Wednesday. Had they practiced, defensive end Jared Allen (illness), center Roberto Garza (ankle) and receiver Brandon Marshall (ankle) are among several players who would not have participated.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Jarrett BoykinWRKneeFull
Bryan BulagaOTKneeFull
Davon HouseCBKneeFull
Brad JonesILBQuadLimited
Clay MatthewsOLBGroinLimited
Nick PerryOLBWristLimited

CHICAGO BEARS

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Jared AllenDEIllnessDNP
Chris ConteSShoulderLimited
Tony FiammettaFBHamstringDNP
Roberto GarzaC/GAnkleDNP
Brandon MarshallWRAnkleDNP
Shea McClellinLBHandDNP
Sherrick McManisCBQuadDNP
Ryan MundySShoulderDNP
Jay RatliffDTConcussionDNP
Matt SlausonGAnkleDNP
Note: The Bears did not practice on Wednesday so these are estimations.


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