We got just a breather from the quarterback cyclone circling Lambeau Field today as Seneca Wallace, the former Iowa State Cyclone continues to prepare to make his first start in two years Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers got a good chunk of their situational game plan installed today, early downs, third downs (a big key) and red zone. While the state is, as A.J. Hawk told me Wednesday, "mourning" the loss of Aaron Rodgers for the next month, there's reason to cheer for another All-Pro is ready to return.
Clay Matthews had the pins removed from his broken thumb suffered against Detroit on Monday. For the past two days, he's joined the "club" club. Past Packer members have included Cullen Jenkins, Aaron Kampman, Morgan Burnett. The thick, rounded pad will protect the digit but all indications point toward Matthews making his return to the field on Sunday. After today's practice, we gathered 'round his locker to hear what he really thinks about the "club" scene.
The Packers officially listed Matthews as limited in practice. Others in that category included Andy Mulumba with an ankle injury, Nick Perry with his healing foot, Ryan Pickett with a sore knee went from full Wednesday to limited Thursday and Mike Neal was new to the list with a knee problem. Mike McCarthy said after practice Neal is just a little worn down and he should be fine.
The obvious non-participant of course is Aaron Rodgers and T.J. Lang sat out a second day in a row off a concussion from Monday night. Lang wasn't even attending practice and that's not a good sign. Rarely does a player with a confirmed diagnosis of a concussion come back the next week, especially on a short week. The Packers are bracing to have Don Barclay stay inside at right guard and start Marshall Newhouse at right tackle against the Eagles on Sunday.