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Packers Week 8 Injury Report: Matthews sits out Wednesday practice with hamstring issue

Oh joy - the Claymaker’s availability for Sunday is in question after his hamstring kept him out of today’s practice.

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On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers released their first injury report of the week as they prepare for their week 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Packers’ injury report is shorter than it has been in a while, likely due in part to the team’s longer layoff following last week’s Thursday night game as well as because a few injured players were placed on injured reserve in recent days.

In either case, the Packers still have an injured list that is nine names long, and five of those names did not practice at all today. Only one was on the unexpected side - that is linebacker Clay Matthews, who sat due to the dreaded hamstring injury that has flared up periodically throughout his career. His status will be worth monitoring throughout the week.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Randall Cobb ended up being limited today with a hamstring issue of his own, and wideout-turned-running back Ty Montgomery was also limited. However, Montgomery should be good to go by Sunday, as his issue was listed as an illness.

For the Falcons, running back Tevin Coleman is expected to miss this week’s game with his own hamstring injury, and he did not practice today either. Joining him on the sidelines was veteran pass-rusher Dwight Freeney. However, starting running back Devonta Freeman also landed on today’s report as limited with a hip issue. Keep an eye on Freeman on Thursday and Friday as well and note that the Falcons signed two running backs on Tuesday - perhaps because they are not confident in Freeman’s availability in addition to Coleman.

Here are the full reports for Wednesday.

Packers Injury Report

Did Not Participate

  • TE Jared Cook (ankle)
  • OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring)
  • CB Damarious Randall (groin)
  • CB Quinten Rollins (groin)
  • RB James Starks (knee)

Limited Participation

  • WR Randall Cobb (hamstring)
  • G T.J. Lang (hip)
  • WR Ty Montgomery (illness)

Full Participation

  • RB Don Jackson (hand)

Falcons Injury Report

Did Not Participate

  • RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring)
  • DE Dwight Freeney (quad)

Limited Participation

  • RB Devonta Freeman (hip)
  • WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion)
  • CB C.J. Goodson (hamstring)

Full Participation

  • OT Jake Matthews (wrist)
  • WR Mohamed Sanu (groin)