Matthews won't play against Patriots

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) and his teammates stretch during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.

FOXBORO, Mass. — Linebacker Clay Matthews won't play in the Green Bay Packers' preseason opener against New England on Thursday night.

Matthews was one of 13 players who didn't make the trip to Gillette Stadium. He returned to practice on Monday after sitting out the first five padded practices because of knee soreness.

Matthews said he felt good about the trial return, but wasn't making any promises about whether he'd suit up against the Patriots. Outside linebackers Mike Neal (hernia surgery) and Nick Perry (groin) also didn't fly out with the team.

Julius Peppers and Andy Mulumba will start, but it likely will be Jayrone Elliott, Adrian Hubbard, Jermauria Rasco and James Vaughters who get the majority of the reps.

Other defensive players not making the trip included linemen Letroy Guion (hamstring) and Mike Daniels (ankle), and defensive backs Damarious Randall (groin), Sean Richardson (pectoral), Tay Glover-Wright (hamstring) and Demetri Goodson (calf).

The offense will be without receivers Jared Abbrederis (concussion), Javess Blue (shoulder) and Adrian Coxson (concussion), and offensive tackle Vince Kowalski (concussion).

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers traveled with the team, but there's been no word on whether he'll play. Receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson participated in early warm-ups and appear to be playing.

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