Packers’ LB Clay Matthews says he’s ready for move to left side : Packers Insider

Packers’ LB Clay Matthews says he’s ready for move to left side

September 7, 2010 by  
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Sept 7, 2010 ~ by Thomas Silverstein

~Before returning to practice Monday, it had been 29 days since Clay Matthews stood at his left outside linebacker position for the Green Bay Packers.

And five practices before that, Matthews was playing right outside linebacker. So here it is, less than a week before the Green Bay Packers open the regular season at the Philadelphia Eagles and Matthews wasn’t fretting at all about making his game debut at a position he has played for less than a week.

“I don’t think it’s going to be much of an issue,” Matthews said after his first full practice since the intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 6.

During that scrimmage, Matthews suffered a pulled hamstring in the same area in which he experienced one last summer and the Packers were extremely cautious in bringing him back. 

Matthews scoffs at the notion it will be harder to match his rookie numbers in his second year. "No way," Matthews said. "Nope, uh-uh. Why would it be tougher? I've gotten a year better. I'm more confident. Why would it be tougher?"

Matthews started taking part in walk-throughs last week and he has been attending regular linebacker meetings, but he didn’t play in a single exhibition game and wore pads for only nine practices this camp.

Joining Matthews back on the practice field was fellow outside linebacker Brad Jones, who has been out since Aug. 20 with a shoulder injury. He was sidelined four days at the start of camp because of a back injury and has taken part in 13 practices and one exhibition game at his new position on the right side.  

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