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Claymaker to playmaker in two days

by Mark Daniels

He's the only Green Bay Packer in the 94th season of Packers football to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons. The past two seasons however have been marred by a stringy and stretched hamstring muscle, and a bum thumb. What hasn't changed is the long blond hair, free flowing on game days, pony-tailed when off duty. Nor has the California smile, the killer ad pitchman and wry sense of humor. It's time to start chasing down quarterbacks again.

Clay Matthews III still led the team in sacks last season when he was reduced to one hand for much of the campaign with a thumb he broke not once, but twice. Remember the club? That's one Matthews wants his membership to expire with.

In advance of his 7th NFL season, the Claymaker held court in front of his locker to talk about his role on a defense that jettisoned a pair of safeties, overhauled the line, picked up a perennial pro bowler as a linebacking running mate and is about to begin the year against the Super Bowl champs.

Audio: Clay Matthews.

Time to release the predator!

No change to the Pack's injury report today. J.C. Tretter is still out with his knee injury, Brandon Bostick and Demetri Goodson are listed as did not practice, even though the team didn't take the field today. Brad Jones (quad) would have been limited. The team will have a brief and snappy practice tomorrow before boarding their charter and heading west.

I'll be getting the jump on the team, flying out Wednesday morning. I'll have my opening night preview thoughts posted by Thursday evening from Seattle. This is one everybody has been waiting for and it's almost here.