Matthews sustained a minor groin injury last week against Philadelphia. After another strong day of practice on Thursday, Matthews said, “I might go 50 yards” if he gets an interception on Sunday at Minnesota.
Matthews, the Green Bay Packers’ star linebacker, was limited for a second consecutive day. There’s almost doubt he will play on Sunday at Minnesota.
“I was a little sore after the game in regards to the injury with my groin and everything,” Matthews said. “I was able to do a lot more today than I was yesterday. Obviously, we don’t work on Friday; that’s our rehab day. I feel good. So, I don’t think there were will be any limitations going into this weekend.”
Starting guards T.J. Lang (ankle) and Josh Sitton (toe) were limited on Thursday, as well. Lang and Sitton have played through their injuries on limited practice time the last two weeks without any setbacks or noticeable drop-off in their play.
“I think today we did more than we did last week,” Lang said. “I imagine it’s probably going to be the same next week. Just continue to handle whatever I feel I can handle with the injury. I was talking to Josh (and it’s) similar to him. I think both of us are happy with the fact we’re not regressing at all. We’re taking the time, handling the time smart as far as the rehab goes and when to push it and making sure we’re as healthy as possible on Sundays. It’s something that I’ve never been a big fan of missing practice, but with a circumstance like this late in the season it’s very important to make sure No. 1 you’re getting healthier as the week goes on.”
McCarthy said he’s “not concerned” about Lang and Sitton taking any full-speed reps at Saturday’s practice because they’ve at least gone through the walk-throughs to get familiar with the plan.
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