Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) gestures
during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against
the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 8,
2013. The 49ers won 34-28.
GREEN BAY —
It's hard for the Packers' Clay Matthews to let things go on the
field. Give the Pro Bowl linebacker a clear path to a quarterback
or running back and he'll usually lock on for a takedown.
But as far as
that 49ers game last week and coach Jim Harbaugh's criticism?
Yeah, Matthews is moving on.
In his first
meeting with reporters since Sunday's 34-28 loss in San Francisco,
Matthews sidestepped a question on whether he'd received notice
from the NFL about a potential fine following a late hit on
quarterback Colin Kaepernick that preceded a sideline scrum with
offensive lineman Joe Staley.
"Um, I'm not
really going to discuss all that right now, but on to the next
game," Matthews said at his locker after practice Thursday.
The Redskins visit Lambeau Field in the Packers home opener
bite after being asked about Harbaugh's remarks earlier this week.
going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, not an open
slap," Harbaugh said then. "I think if that young man
works very hard on being a tough guy, he'll have some repairing to
do to his image after the slap."
Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs out of
bounds as Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews
dives for him during the second quarter of an NFL football
game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.
don't have any reaction. I'm on to the next game," he said.
"I'm not worried about it."
asked if he considered himself a "dirty player."
game!" he exclaimed with a smile, drawing laughs. "I'm
an awesome player, not a dirty player."
McCarthy had his best defensive player's back this week. He even
brought up Harbaugh's remarks in a team meeting.
Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means," McCarthy said
Monday. "So I addressed Harbaugh's comments in the team
meeting, and as always, we'll stay above it."
McCarthy has long
moved on to preparing for Washington and the second game back from
a right knee injury for quarterback Robert Griffin III. While
Griffin may have looked a little rusty in Monday night's 33-27
loss to the Eagles, Matthews is paying him the utmost respect.
watch the second half of that game? Yeah, he looked pretty
good," Matthews said. "He still possesses that big
Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) tackles
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during
the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco,
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.
The Packers did
limit San Francisco on the ground. Kaepernick and Frank Gore were
held in check on the ground, for the most part. Kaepernick beat
the Packers with his arm this time, throwing for 412 yards and
run a zone read once against the Eagles, though it doesn't mean
the Packers aren't going to prepare for it.
is no different. We let him sit back there in the pocket, we need
to make sure we've got some pass rush after him as well as our DBs
on the back end covering and tackling," Matthews said.
"We need to make sure we're aggressive and we shut down that
read-option right off the bat."
Aggressive to a
point, of course. When asked, Matthews could remember only one
time in his career when he was fined, for a face mask on Bears
quarterback Jay Cutler in 2010.
resume is clean — look it up, he told reporters.
you guys to dig up. I think I'm doing all right," Matthews
said. "Come on, Washington questions, you guys bring 'em!"
Notes: OL Josh
Sitton (back) and TE Jermichael Finley (toe) returned to practice
on a limited basis. Finley has said he plans to play Sunday.
McCarthy said both players are progressing and he'll check in with
them Friday ... S Morgan Burnett (hamstring) was limited after
sitting out the opener. "Of course, I'm excited to get back
out there," Burnett said. "At the same time I've got to
get healthy so I can perform at a high level." ... A stinger
that LB Nick Perry suffered against the 49ers flared up after
practice Wednesday, limiting him Thursday .... CB Jarrett Bush
(hamstring) was also limited Thursday.