Injury Report: Matthews Probable

Clay Matthews should be ready to face the Bears but third receiver Jarrett Boykin is questionable.

Clay Matthews, the Green Bay Packers’ premier defender, is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against Chicago.

Matthews, who missed the final series of last week’s game at Detroit with an injured groin, was limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday and would have been limited again on Friday, had the team practiced.

“So far, so good,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday. “The medical review, the report today was good on Clay. We still have 48 hours, so we’re confident that he’ll be ready to go.”

As long as there are no setbacks, Matthews said he will be full-go for a big game against the Bears.

"It feels good, progressively getting better throughout the week and more confident and comfortable being out there," Matthews said. "Yesterday was a big step in the right direction from Wednesday, and today I’m sure would have been. (With) what we’re doing with our schedule (no practice on Friday but one on Saturday), I think it’s good for me. And then tomorrow we’ll fly around, break a sweat and feel good going into Sunday. I don’t anticipate there being any problems."

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee), cornerback Davon House (knee) and outside linebacker Nick Perry (wrist) also are probable. Receiver Jarrett Boykin (knee/groin) and inside linebacker Brad Jones (quad) are questionable.

The noteworthy item from that list is Boykin. He was a full participant at practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury. However, he’s now battling an injured groin and wouldn’t have practiced on Friday. McCarthy said he’d give Boykin until Sunday morning to possibly get him on the field. If Boykin can’t go, second-round rookie Davante Adams would become the third receiver and seventh-round rookie Jeff Janis would likely make his regular-season debut.

"I think I’ve been doing pretty well (at practice)," Janis said. "I’ve just been preparing each day as if I were to be playing every week. I think mental reps are huge, and I’ve just put myself in that position."

For the Bears, three starters -- center Roberto Garza, guard Matt Slauson and outside linebacker Shea McClellin -- are out. Receiver Brandon Marshall and defensive end Jared Allen are questionable, though neither practiced this week.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Jarrett BoykinWRKnee/GroinFullFullDNPQuestionable
Bryan BulagaOTKneeFullFullFullProbable
Davon HouseCBKneeFullFullFullProbable
Brad JonesILBQuadLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable
Clay MatthewsOLBGroinLimitedLimitedLimitedProbable
Nick PerryOLBWristLimitedLimitedLimitedProbable

PLAYERPOSINJURYWEDTHUFRISTATUS
Jared AllenDEIllnessDNPDNPDNPQuestionable
Chris ConteSShoulderLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestinable
Roberto GarzaC/GAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut
Brandon MarshallWRAnkleDNPDNPDNPQuestionable
Shea McClellinLBHandDNPDNPDNPOut
Sherrick McManisCBQuadDNPDNPDNPOut
Ryan MundySShoulderLimitedFullFullProbable
Jeremiah RatliffDTConcussionDNPDNPDNPOut
Trevor ScottDEFootFullFullFullProbable
Matt SlausonGAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut

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