The Green Bay Packers need a healthy Clay Matthews to avoid getting bit by the Lions

Green Bay needs Clay Matthews to flex Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews was limited in Wednesday’s practice due to a lingering hamstring injury.

The Packers are “hopeful” the 27-year-old Matthews will be ready to partake in tomorrow’s exercises.

Sitting at 1-2 and preparing to host the Detroit Lions (3-1) on Sunday, the 27th ranked defense in the NFL can’t compete without Matthews.

Matthews has amassed 44.5 sacks, 173 tackles and four interceptions since being taken 26th overall out of USC in 2009.

A two-time All-Pro who earned the 2010 NFC Defensive Player of the Year award, Matthews is a standout pass rusher and tremendous tackler.

Green Bay needs a healthy version of “The Clay Maker” to slow Detroit’s explosive offense.

Able to complete the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, the 6-foot-3, 255 pound Matthews can penetrate the Lions’ protection and rattle Matthew Stafford.

Despite featuring the league’s second premier attack, Green Bay can’t expect to win a shootout against Detroit.

To remain “hopeful” and avoid falling to 1-3, Clay Matthews must help muzzle the dangerous cats this weekend in “Titletown.”

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