GREEN BAY, Wis. -- After linebacker Clay Matthews dropped out of the Green Bay Packers' most recent game at Cincinnati a week and a half ago because of a hamstring injury, he insisted he would be fine for the next game after the bye week.
"I don't see myself missing any time," Matthews said in a postgame interview Sept. 22. "We've got Detroit coming back, and I'll be out there."
There's reason to doubt that now.
Matthews was not on the practice field during the portion of Wednesday's session that was open to reporters. His history of hamstring injuries leaves Matthews' status for Sunday's game against the Lions in jeopardy. The Packers' defensive star missed four games last season and one game in 2010 because of the same injury.
Also not practicing were running back James Starks, cornerback Casey Hayward and backup offensive lineman Greg Van Roten. Starks sustained a knee injury against the Bengals. Hayward has not played yet this season because of a hamstring injury. Van Roten's injury was not immediately known.
The Packers got some good news Wednesday, when tight end Jermichael Finley returned to practice. He was cleared after sustaining a concussion against the Bengals. Also back were cornerback/special teams ace Jarrett Bush (hamstring) and fullback John Kuhn (hamstring).
We'll have the full injury report following practice later Wednesday.