Practice report: Matthews gives it a go

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- As we noted earlier in the Starter Pack, how Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews gets through Thursday’s practice likely will go a long way toward determining whether he plays on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

But at least he has reached the point where he could practice.

Matthews, who dropped out of the Packers' last game at Cincinnati in Week 3 because of a hamstring injury, took part in every drill during the portion of the workout that was open to reporters. However, it appeared Matthews may have been limited to a certain number of reps.

Matthews typically talks to reporters after practice on Thursdays, so it’s possible we will get a more detailed update at that time.

In another interesting development at practice, cornerback Casey Hayward, who on Wednesday was ruled out for the fourth straight game to start the season, was actually back on the field for the first time since he reinjured his hamstring in the Aug. 23 preseason game against Seattle. It’s unusual that a player who already had been ruled out takes part in practice, although perhaps it was just part of the plan to ease him back in for a possible return next week against the Baltimore Ravens.

The full injury report will be available after practice, but the only two players who did not participate were running back James Starks (knee) and backup offensive lineman Greg Van Roten (foot). Both have been ruled out this week.