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March 19, 2020 03:56 PM
Clay Matthews: Cut loose by Rams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rams released Matthews on Thursday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Matthews won't see the second season of a two-year, $9.25 million contract, coming off a 2019 campaign with 37 tackles and eight sacks in 13 games. The free-agent market has been friendly to pass rushers this offseason, but Matthews may find that the teams with cap space have already addressed this need. He'll turn 34 in May and needs just 8.5 more sacks to reach 100 for his career.

January 4, 2020 02:12 AM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Fades down stretch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews recorded just a single sack and only 15 tackles (eight solo) over the final seven games of the 2019 season.

After exploding out of the gate for 19 tackles (16 solo) and six sacks through the first five games of the year, Matthews sustained a jaw injury in Week 5 and didn't return until Week 10. He never regained his early-season form, and it was a disappointing finish for the veteran. Matthews will enter the final season of his two-year, $9.25 million contract in 2020.

December 3, 2019 08:00 PM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Notches another sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews recorded two tackles (both solo) and one sack during Sunday's 34-7 win over the Cardinals.

Matthews is enjoying a strong debut season in Los Angeles, and he's now up to eight sacks across nine contests. The veteran linebacker plays a key role in the Rams' pass rush across from Dante Fowler. He's set for a divisional tilt against the Seahawks in Week 14.

November 12, 2019 11:00 PM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Up to 7.5 sacks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews logged three tackles (two solo) and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 17-12 loss to the Steelers.

Matthews continues to have a bounce-back year and is now up to 7.5 sacks in only six games played, pacing the Rams. It appears the change of scenery has been good for the veteran, and he should continue to play a large part in the pass rush moving forward. The Rams will take on Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears in Week 11.

November 8, 2019 11:16 AM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Full speed ahead
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews (jaw) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Coach Sean McVay stated Matthews would gear up for Sunday's game against the Steelers as long as the practice week went well, so he's slated to play for the first time since Week 5 after a full-speed practice. Matthews has recorded at least one sack in each of his five games this season, generating six in total. He'll now set his sights on Mason Rudolph, who has been sacked just six times over five starts.

November 6, 2019 08:12 PM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Practices as limited participant
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews (jaw) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Matthews had been sidelined since undergoing surgery for a broken jaw in early October, but he may be able to return for Week 10. According to Omar Ruiz of NFL Network, coach Sean McVay said the veteran linebacker will play Sunday at Pittsburgh if all goes well at practice this week.

October 29, 2019 05:56 PM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Aiming for Week 10 return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rams hope Matthews (jaw) can return to play the Steelers following Week 9's bye, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Matthews broke his jaw in Week 5 against the Seahawks and underwent surgery that reportedly put some metal in his mouth for stability during healing. Coach Sean McVay said Tuesday that "all of that stuff" has been removed and Matthews is "feeling good." Matthews was initially handed a 4-to-6 week recovery timeline, and so Week 10 is a reasonable opportunity to return as it would mark five weeks.

October 4, 2019 06:20 PM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Out with broken jaw
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Sean McVay said that Matthews suffered a broken jaw in Thursday's 30-29 loss to the Seahawks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Matthews is scheduled to undergo surgery and miss around 4-to-6 weeks.

Matthews' injury is a tough break for the Rams' pass rush, given that he had logged six sacks through the team's first five games. Samson Ebukam will likely act as the main replacement for Matthews, stepping into a starting role at outside linebacker opposite Dante Fowler Jr.

October 4, 2019 05:04 PM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Continues sack streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews had five tackles (four solo) and a sack in Thursday's 30-29 loss at Seattle.

Matthews now has a sack in all five games this season (six sacks total) as he's taken full advantage of the additional attention geared toward Aaron Donald. The veteran linebacker is poised for his most productive season since 2014, which is the last time he reached double-digit sacks.

October 2, 2019 12:00 AM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Notches another sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews had five tackles (four solo) and one sack in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.

Jameis Winston dropped back to pass 41 times on Sunday, but the Rams were only able to record two sacks for a loss of nine yards in the game. Matthews has a sack in all four games (five sacks total) this season and has already eclipsed his total from 2018.

September 25, 2019 12:00 AM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Two sacks in Cleveland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews recorded three tackles (all solo), two sacks and a pass defensed across 48 snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Matthews has found new life out in LA, as he now has four sacks on the season -- which already beats his 2018 season total. He is playing in just under a third of the defensive snaps per game this season, but he warrants IDP consideration if he continues getting to the quarterback.

September 18, 2019 01:28 PM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Notches second sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews made three solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Matthews has shown flashes of his old self through two weeks, registering two sacks and a forced fumble thus far. He'll look to continue his early success in Week 3's road game versus the Browns, as Baker Mayfield has already been dropped eight times this season.

September 15, 2019 02:00 AM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Healthy for Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews (back) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's contest against the Saints, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Matthews was able to progress nicely throughout the week, going from missing practice Wednesday to limited participation Thursday to practicing fully Friday. Head coach Sean McVay expressed optimism Thursday that the former Packer would be able to suit up Sunday, and that optimism seems to be coming to fruition.

September 12, 2019 07:56 PM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Optimistic for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Sean McVay said Thursday that he's "optimistic" Matthews (back) will be available for Sunday's matchup with the Saints, Lindsey Thiry of reports.

Matthews was also able to get in a limited practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session. While it's possible that the team was giving the former Packer a veteran's rest day, his participation in Friday's practice will be worth monitoring. If Matthews can't play Sunday, either Natrez Patrick or Samson Ebukam would fill in for him at outside linebacker.

September 12, 2019 10:16 AM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Unable to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews was officially listed as a non-participant for Wednesday's practice due to a back injury.

Matthews logged his first sack as a member of the Rams last week and played 46 defensive snaps in the game, so this news is a bit concerning. Even though the team could be giving the veteran a rest day, the fact that Matthews was unable to practice puts his Week 2 availability up in the air. If he can't go Sunday, Natrez Patrick would be the favorite to see an increase in snaps at outside linebacker.

September 8, 2019 05:24 PM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Sack in LA debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews made three tackles (two solo) and one sack during Sunday's win over the Panthers.

The 33-year-old continues to prove his pass rushing ability, running his career sack total to 84.5 with the sack Sunday. Coming off a career-low sack total in 2018, Matthews could be eager to eager prove he's still among the league's best. It should be tougher sledding for Matthews in Week 2 as Drew Brees and the Saints come to town next Sunday.

March 20, 2019 12:08 PM
Rams' Clay Matthews: Signs with Rams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews will be heading to Los Angeles for the 2019 season after agreeing to a deal with the Rams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network

After spending the first decade of his career in Green Bay, Matthews will return to his roots of Southern California and join the Rams. The veteran outside linebacker saw his production drop in recent years, as he posted a career-low 3.5 sacks in 2018 and is coming off consecutive seasons with just 43 tackles. However, he still holds value as an edge rusher when his snaps are limited. He should have no problem carving out a role in the Rams' linebacker rotation in 2019.

March 14, 2019 12:28 PM
Clay Matthews: Drawing interest on open market
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews is drawing "significant interest" on the open market, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports.

Matthews' free-agency tour has reportedly been delayed by the birth of a new child. While it's not clear which teams are specifically interested in the six-time Pro-Bowler, it seems it won't be long until Matthews finds a new home. The odds of him returning to Green Bay drastically diminished after the team was able to lure in outside linebackers Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith this week.

January 1, 2019 06:40 PM
Packers' Clay Matthews: Career-low sack total
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews had 43 tackles (29 solo) and 3.5 sacks over 16 games in 2018.

Matthews could have had a couple more sacks if not for some questionable roughing penalties early on, but regardless, he still finished with the fewest sacks of his 10-year career. Matthews will be a free agent in 2019, and it remains to be seen if the Packers will try to bring him back, or if he will spend next season playing with a team other than the one who drafted him in 2009.

December 18, 2018 10:44 PM
Packers' Clay Matthews: Another sack Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews recorded two tackles (one solo), a sack and a forced fumble across 49 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Bears.

Matthews now has a sack in back-to-back contests, bringing his season total to four -- which is on pace for a career-low. The veteran will look to continue his sack streak against the Jets on Sunday.

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