Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers

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The NFL previously cleared retired quarterback Peyton Manning, also named in the report. Last week, the NFL threatened the players with potential suspensions under the conduct-detrimental clause of the collective bargaining agreement for failure to cooperate with the investigation.

Both of Matthews’ sons, Clay Matthews Jr. and Bruce Matthews, were named first-team All-Pros multiple times. Bruce was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, while Matthews Jr. was a semifinalist in the 2017 HOF class.

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Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and free-agent linebacker Mike Neal will acquiesce to NFL demands that the active players named in the report meet with investigators, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and nfl jerseys for cheap Media’s Mike Garafolo reported.

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Matthews has been a stellar defender for the Packers from Day 1, making 10 sacks as a rookie. Despite being moved around to various spots in the linebacking corps, he continues to produce. Last year, he was slowed by a hamstring injury, but with six Pro Bowls in an eight-year career to his credit, Matthews has nothing left to prove. nike-packers-52-clay-matthews-yellow-mens-stitched-nfl-limited-rush-jersey

“I think that, obviously, with Clay and Nick we have two guys that we think can be very productive for us,” Capers said. “You look at the number of snaps — Nick played the most snaps since he’s been here last year, and we felt really good about his production in the run and the pass. Clay probably played around 50 percent of the snaps. The year before he was up much higher, so hopefully we can trend toward that.”

“I know some of the mock draft boards have him potentially coming here, which would be great, if he’s even half the player that his brother is,” Matthews said Tuesday as the Packers began their offseason workouts. “I’m sure there’s pressure on him. But I’m sure if he’s anything like his brother, he’ll have a drive and work ethic that can’t be matched.”

“The league is pursuing that,” Murphy said following the team’s annual shareholders meeting. “I know there’s been some resistance from the NFLPA about the credibility of some of the sources there, but I don’t think we know much more than that.” It was the first acknowledgment by anyone from the Packers’ organization of the interviews, which are expected to take place in Green Bay when training camp opens next week. Matthews couldn’t finish the Week 2 game at Minnesota. He injured his left ankle early in the game but returned after the Packers trainers taped it. However, he then took himself out of the game with less than two minutes remaining because of the hamstring injury.

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Speaking to NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala last week, Harrison said he agreed to do the interview because he didn’t want to be put in a position that could ultimately hurt his team. He also said the NFL doesn’t have any evidence related to the allegations directed at him.

“I don’t really know what the perception is, but obviously when you’re counted on heavily to be a playmaker on your team and you’re not out there for whatever duration it is – and obviously it’s exacerbated by the fact that you’re losing ballgames – I think it puts a lot more stress on where the weaknesses of your team are at that point. Maybe that could be a reason,” Matthews said when asked why there might be such a backlash from some fans.

Clay Matthews Jr. and Bruce Matthews also each have two sons who have played in the league. Clay Matthews Jr. is the father of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III and former Eagles and Vikings linebacker Casey Matthews. Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews and former Titans, Redskins and Panthers offensive lineman Kevin Matthews are Bruce’s sons.

Matthews practiced Thursday on a limited basis, which was more than coach Mike McCarthy expected him to do. Earlier in the week, McCarthy said he did not think Matthews would practice at all until Saturday.

Matthews said he didn’t feel any extra pressure growing up in a famous football family, which included his father, Clay, and uncle, Bruce, who both were long-time standouts in the NFL.