Practice 4: Matthews Out with Knee Soreness

Also, the Packers were forced to add a receiver with three of their 12 on the sideline for Monday's practice.

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Clay Matthews, the centerpiece of the Green Bay Packers’ defensive plans for this season, was held out of Monday’s training camp practice due to what coach Mike McCarthy called “knee soreness.”

Matthews spent much of practice doing rehab work inside the Don Hutson Center. McCarthy did not have a timeline for Matthews’ return but said the medical staff is “just being smart.”

Matthews told reporters there was no reason to be concerned.

"Just taking the car into the pit shop, getting the wheels changed, getting ready for the season," he said.

Without Matthews, Sam Barrington worked mostly with Nate Palmer as the starting inside tandem. Palmer isn’t exactly full speed, either. He was wearing a club cast over his left hand to protect an injury sustained on Saturday.

“I thought he did a good job working through it,” McCarthy said.

Jake Ryan and Joe Thomas also took first-team reps alongside Barrington.

Monday’s injury report:

Out: WR Adrian Coxson (concussion), WR Ricky Collins (heel), running back John Crockett (ankle), LB Clay Matthews (knee), G Matt Rotheram (ankle), WR Jared Abbrederis (concussion), OLB Mike Neal (abdomen/hernia).

Returned: CB Quinten Rollins (hamstring). Rollins was in pads but was limited to individual drills as they bring him back slowly.

Meanwhile, the Packers signed receiver Ed Williams, who arrived on the practice field early in practice. The Packers are short at receiver with Coxson, Collins and Abbrederis sidelined. Williams played three seasons at Fort Hays State after transferring from Toledo. In 2014, he was a first-team all-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association selection after catching 53 passes for 946 yards (17.8 average) and seven touchdowns.

McCarthy revealed that Coxson, who left the field in an ambulance on Saturday, has a concussion. McCarthy added that Abbrederis is “making progress” following a concussion sustained during the first day of camp.

Up next: The Packers have 8:20 a.m. practices on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – all in pads – before Saturday’s Family Night.

Of note: In a field-goal drill, Mason Crosby was 5-for-5 with Tim Masthay doing the holding and 3-for-5 with Cody Mandell doing the holding. One of those misses, it should be noted, was a block.

The last word from McCarthy: “I would say the offensive production has been good comparing to prior years, particularly the last two days. I thought the third-down segments and the red-zone segments, the offense was very productive. That’s what you like to see, but they need to continue to do so. I thought the defense got better today. Saturday was not quite what we’re looking for but it was the first time in pads. Some of the things that we needed to correct from Saturday today, you saw it on the field. I thought the defense did a better job getting off blocks today than they did Saturday. They started slow in the first red-zone drill but I thought they picked it up in the second red-zone drill.”

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