GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews is unlikely to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings due to a hamstring injury that is still bothering him.
"I think it would be a stretch for (Matthews) to play in the game," coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday. "I had a chance to watch Clay go through rehab today. Talking with him, he wants the opportunity to talk again on Friday. So he's getting close.
"We'll have him evaluated again on Friday and see how the week of rehab goes."
Matthews has been out since injuring his hamstring in a Nov. 4 win over the Arizona Cardinals. McCarthy initially expected him to miss "a couple weeks," but if Matthews is out Sunday, it will already be a month-long recovery.
There was more bad news for McCarthy, as veteran defensive back Charles Woodson (collarbone) and starting cornerback Sam Shields (ankle) were both ruled out for the upcoming game with the Vikings. Woodson broke his collarbone Oct. 21 and has been out since, and Shields i...