Packers-Titans Family Affair for Matthews’ Brood
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Bruce Matthews watches Green Bay film first as an uncle. Then he hits replay and studies the defense in his role as Tennessee's offensive line coach.
Each time, he's watching the same Packers linebacker, his nephew, Clay Matthews.
The Packers linebacker is the third generation carrying on the Matthews' NFL tradition. Bruce, a Hall of Fame lineman, spent 19 years with the Houston-Tennessee franchise and played brother Clay, a 19-year linebacker with Cleveland and Atlanta, 23 times.
Clay Matthews Sr. got it all started with his four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s.
For Clay III, he said Thursday that his family's NFL success added to his motivation. He went from a walk-on at Southern California to a first-round draft pick by Green Bay in 2009, following in the footsteps of his father and uncle.
Meanwhile, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright has missed his third straight practice with a rib injury and isn't expected to play Sunday at Green Bay.
Wright is listed as questionable on the Titans' injury report.
Linebacker Colin McCarthy (concussion), receiver Damian Williams (hamstring) and defensive end Scott Solomon (knee) also are listed as questionable, but they practiced Friday and have a better chance of playing. McCarthy has missed three straight games.
Cornerback Ryan Mouton (hamstring) didn't practice again and also is questionable.
Center Kevin Matthews won't play Sunday because of a high ankle sprain. The Titans could move left guard Fernando Velasco to center and use recent waiver claim Mitch Petrus at Velasco's old spot.
Velsasco made 12 starts at center this season before switching to guard.
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