Packers' Clay Matthews: Diagnosed with separated AC joint

Matthews has been diagnosed with an AC joint separation in his left shoulder, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "I'm in some pain, no doubt about it," Matthews said Wednesday. "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."

In the aftermath of a block from former teammate Allen Barbre on Sunday night at Philadelphia, Matthews was escorted to the locker room and only returned following a pain-killing injection. Upon his return, he remained at inside linebacker due to the absences of starting ILBs Blake Martinez (knee) and Jake Ryan (ankle), totaling a season-high four tackles (all solo). On the Packers' estimated injury report Wednesday, Matthews would have been a nonparticipant, meaning his status will be one to watch as the week proceeds. Fortunately for Matthews, some relief could be arriving in the linebacking corps, as both Martinez and Ryan were listed as limited on the same report. If Matthews himself is also cleared for Sunday's game versus the Texans, as the training staff "fully" expects, Green Bay's defense could have as many available bodies as it's had at any point since the opening stanzas of the campaign.

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