Matthews played in 80 percent of Green Bay's defensive snaps and played poorly for most of the afternoon. His strip sack of Eli Manning in the fourth quarter was a heads-up play, with Matthews being one of the only players on the field who recognized that the loose ball was still live before he recovered it. Other than that play, Matthews wasn't in on a single tackle and didn't do much by way of pass coverage. The season as a whole has been a bit of a letdown for Matthews, who posted career lows in sacks and tackles. He'll look to bounce back against the Cowboys in next week's divisional-round playoff contest.
Matthews deems his left shoulder "a lot stronger" after Sunday's victory against the Seahawks, Ryan Wood of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "Last week, I was practically rushing with one arm," Matthews said Monday. "I felt a lot better. A few times, there was some pain out there, but I thought I held up. I thought I was able to contribute and have some good rushes. Hopefully, it's that much better next week, and keep progressing."
For the second straight game, Matthews was contained to a third-down role and obvious pass-rushing situations, resulting in meager production yet again (two tackles, one solo). Since returning from a three-game absence in Week 10, his share of the defensive snaps has decreased in four subsequent contests, including just 34 percent of such snaps Sunday. Considering his comments Monday, perhaps he's bottomed out in that regard, but his IDP relevance is at an all-time low at the moment.
Matthews (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
Matthews will play through the AC joint separation in his left shoulder for the second consecutive contest, looking to improve upon his workload (44 percent of the defensive snaps) from Week 13.
Matthews (shoulder - AC Joint) is questionable to play Sunday against Seattle.
Matthews gave it a go last week while dealing with the same issue. Barring a setback, he should be able to play come kickoff.
Matthews (shoulder) was limited at Thursday's practice, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Expected to sit out both Wednesday and Thursday this week, Matthews instead got the thumbs up for some work from the training staff. As defensive coordinator Dom Capers mentioned to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Thursday, Matthews is "heading in the right direction getting his full strength back" in his left shoulder. The closer Matthews approaches 100 percent, the more he'll be able to contribute to a banged-up corps of linebackers. At the very least, though, he appears as if he'll enter the field in obvious passing downs, especially with the team's sack leader, Nick Perry, sidelined with multiple broken fingers.
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