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Another hamstring injury for Matthews

Sep. 22, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) during Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) during Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

Clay Matthews’ history of hamstring injuries resurfaced during the Green Bay Packers’ 34-30 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Matthews, who has dealt with a hamstring injury in each of his first five NFL, forced fumbles on two consecutive drives in the second quarter before suffering his most recent flare up on an Andy Dalton fumble.

Matthews didn’t return, taking a bite out of a defense that forced four straight turnovers from the end of the first quarter into the second.

Without Matthews, who finished with two tackles, a sack and the two fumbles, his replacements Mike Neal and Nick Perry generated only three tackles with no hurries.

The Packers also lost running back James Starks (knee) and tight end Jermichael Finley (concussion).

Matthews said the decision to pull him out was purely a precaution, but he’s just the latest in a slew of Packers to go down with hamstring ailments with safety Morgan Burnett, cornerback Casey Hayward, fullback John Kuhn and cornerback Jarrett Bush all sitting out with the injury.

After the game, Matthews said he won’t be gone long.

“I’ll be good. I think today was more of a preventive measure than anything,” said Matthews, who missed four games last year due to his hamstring. “I felt like I could go back out there, but we have to be smart, especially going into a bye week. I don’t see myself missing any time. We have Detroit coming back and I’ll be out there.”

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