Stopping Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts offense is no small task, but the Green Bay Packers might have one of their best defenders back to try to do it.
Clay Matthews told reporters that his hamstring is in a much better place this week and that he’s planning on playing on Sunday, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
“I’ll be out there,” he told reporters Thursday after being limited in practice.
The six-time Pro Bowl linebacker missed last Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, which the Packers lost 33-32 to fall to 4-3. It was his second missed game of the season due to the hamstring, as he sat out a Week 3 win over the Detroit Lions.
The 30-year-old has posted 13 tackles and 3 sacks in 5 games played this year. He’s been slowed by the hamstring injury, but he told reporters Thursday that he feels like he’s moving past it.
“I feel good,” Matthews said, per ESPN. “Obviously in a better spot than where I was last week. Obviously disappointed when you can’t go out there. I think we didn’t want a setback moving forward. It might have been pushing it a little bit. Obviously feel much better this week, able to get more team reps, and feel good about what we’ve done thus far in the week. So, all indications are pointing to me being out there on Sunday. So that’s that.”
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers told reporters it was good to have Matthews out there, but they’ll see where he is in Friday’s practice to determine his availability for Sunday.