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Packers not concerned about Clay Matthews' ankle injury

Signs point to the versatile linebacker suiting up this Sunday when the Packers take on the undefeated Panthers.

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Other than something happening to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, perhaps nohing could greater devastate the Green Bay Packers than an injury to versatile linebacker Clay Matthews, who missed time during Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos with ankle trouble. According to the team's head coach, however, all signs point to Matthews suiting up next Sunday to take on the undefeated Carolina Panthers.

"As of right now, I would say the concern is not high," Mike McCarthy said regarding Matthews' ankle during his Monday media availability.

Matthews, always one of the Packers' most important defensive players, has become even more valuable this season as the team's top inside linebacker. After he left the field on Sunday, the Broncos immediately ran at his replacement, resulting in a 28-yard touchdown for Denver tailback C.J. Anderson.

With a showdown with the Panthers and superstar quarterback Cam Newton approaching, Matthews' availability could potentially tip the balance one way or the other.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.