On the verge of a long stretch of NFC North Division games, the Green Bay Packers likely will be without the services of outside linebacker Clay Mattews and right tackle Bryan Bulaga following their bye week.
With five division games in seven weeks after the open week, Packers coach Mike McCarthy shed some light on the two players after Matthews sustained another in a line of hamstring injuries during Sunday’s 31-17 win over Arizona, and Bulaga sustained a potentially serious hip injury.
As Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty writes, Coach Mike McCarthy said the early prognosis is that Matthews will miss “a couple weeks,” and that Bulaga was undergoing further testing Monday, which usually is a sign of concern that the injury is significant.
“I know Clay doesn’t feel as bad as it was in the past,” McCarthy said of Matthews’ recurring hamstring problems. “Obviously, we’ll know more when I’m standing here next week. Bryan Bulaga, we’re still gathering information on his injury. I know there’s (a medical) opinion out there that we’re waiting for.”
You can read the rest of Dougherty’s story here: http://tinyurl.com/br3dymx
*In our Packers notebook, rookie linebacker Nick Perry is getting a second opinion on his injured knee that’s sidelined him since the team’s 42-24 win over Houston on Oct. 14 (http://tinyurl.com/d9z7ftz).
*Former Press-Gazette sports editor Cliff Christl and analyst Eric Baranczyk breakdown Sunday’s win over Arizona, including the play of Aaron Rodgers, the improvement of the running game and T.J. Lang’s switch to right tackle when Bulaga left with injury (http://tinyurl.com/c6qfjzd).
*A significant amount of injury updates came out of McCarthy’s Monday news conference. For a quick overview of the Packers’ current situation, check out our updated last (http://tinyurl.com/cmahd8r).