Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews looks ready to return after missing last Sunday’s loss to Miami because of a recurring hamstring injury.
But he said he needs to make some changes next offseason to make sure his left hamstring, which has been a problem in each of his first two NFL seasons, doesn’t become an issue year after year.
"We’ll address it in the offseason," Matthews said. "Hopefully, I’ll be able to make it through the season with no more speed bumps and take it from there."
Matthews said he and the team trainers plan to come up with a program designed specifically to address his hamstrings.
"I think you’ve got to do more prehab than anything," he said. "I don’t know, but we’ll figure it out. I think just staying on it, working on building up the hamstrings bigger and stronger than ever, doing some new things, doing some physical therapy."
It’s unclear whether Matthews will be in a limited role, perhaps playing only passing downs.
"That’s definitely an option," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "It’s an option we were shooting for last week."
This helps Green Bay's defense this week, but they have a tough matchup with Minnesota and shouldn't be started if you have another defense with an easier foe.