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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for October 16, 2014

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Today's curds examine what's really wrong with Clay Matthews, since his injury appears to be behind him.

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Happy Thursday, Packers fans. We begin week seven in the NFL tonight with Thursday Night Football, but first we'll have plenty of previews for the Packers-Panthers game on Sunday afternoon.

Today, we're examining the Packers linebackers in cheese curds. One, the newest addition, has been impressing for the most part over the past few weeks with his impact plays. The other, who is supposed to be the star of the defense, has struggled mightily lately and many of us are at a loss to explain why. Unfortunately, there's one possible explanation discussed below, and it's not a good sign.

Clay Matthews believes ‘the sacks will come’ | Packers.com
Much like his head coach, Matthews is confident in his play, and he also says that he is completely over his groin injury from a few weeks back. So what's the explanation for his sudden struggles defending the run?

Clay Matthews' struggles may be tied to read-option | JSOnline
Oh. Crap.

Tretter not worrying about starting center job | Packersnews.com
JC Tretter wasn't on the official injury report yesterday because he's still on Injured Reserve, but he did practice and appears on track to be activated when he's eligible to return after the Packers' bye week. Still, he's not concerned about where he plays when he comes back, instead just working on actually getting onto the field for the first time in his NFL career.

In hindsight, Julius Peppers would have fit well with Carolina - ESPN
ESPN's Panthers writer addresses the possibility that Peppers could have returned home to North Carolina, though apparently negotiations never really got very far.

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers playing 'very well,' but still pushing for more | FOX Sports
Both Rodgers' coach and his top receiver admit that they've seen the quarterback better than he has been so far this season, and the same goes for the offense as a whole.

Colin Kaepernick didn't use a racial slur, still fined by the NFL - SBNation.com
We're not usually going to defend Kaepernick around here, but we can't understand fining him, then reducing the fine because you found he didn't do what you said he did, but still fining him a little for something else. Come on, NFL.