Clay Matthews could miss time for Green Bay Packers


The Green Bay Packers should have wide receiver Jordy Nelson back after their Week 10 bye. The same cannot be expected for linebacker Clay Matthews.

Nelson and Matthews left Sunday's 31-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals with injuries. Nelson is dealing with a sprained ankle, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he believes the receiver will be "fine," according to the team's official website.

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Matthews has a pulled hamstring. He doesn't believe it's as serious as past issues he's had with hamstrings. Still, the Packers could opt to take a more conservative approach with their sack leader.

Things are less clear regarding right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who suffered a hip injury Sunday. McCarthy is "concerned" because Bulaga's body wasn't in a normal position when he went down. McCarthy said the Packers still are in the evaluation process.

The Packers' bye week represents a gift from the football gods.

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