Clay Matthews: Block that separated his shoulder 'a cheap shot' by Eagles tackle

During the first quarter of the Packers' Monday night win over the Eagles, linebacker Clay Matthews suffered a separated AC joint in his left shoulder when Eagles right tackle Allen Barbre blindsided him with a devastating block. Later on that series, Matthews was visibly hurt and briefly exited the game to be examined before he eventually returned.

On Wednesday, Matthews called Barbre's hit a dirty one.

"I wasn't a fan of it," Matthews said, per ESPN.com. "I mean, I've got a lot more to say about it, but I'm going to say it behind closed doors. It was a cheap shot, but it is what it is. I ate it. Unfortunately I landed on my shoulder, and that's kind of what I've been dealing with since."

You be the judge: Was it dirty or was it a clean, but hard football play?

I think it's clean, because Matthews was in a clear position to tackle the ball carrier and Barbre's block wasn't from behind. He also wasn't flagged.

"I don't know. They didn't throw a flag probably because I wasn't a quarterback," Matthews said. "I know all about that."

Matthews might also just be frustrated because he can't seem to stay healthy. He's appeared in just seven games this season. And this injury could potentially sideline him as the Packers try to get themselves back into playoff position.

His availability for the Packers' game against the Texans this weekend isn't clear.

"I'm in some pain, no doubt about it," he said. "There's some swelling [and] bruising, but we got an X-ray and nothing's broken so that's good. So we'll see moving forward the progress I make going into this game. That's ultimately the goal, but we've got some work to."

The Packers are two back in the loss column of Washington, which holds the last wild card spot, and Detroit, which leads the NFC North. You can view the complete playoff picture here.

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Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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