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Rams’ Clay Matthews is limited in return to the practice field for Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles Rams got Clay Matthews back after his injury kept him from the team for almost an entire month. However, whether their linebacker will be able to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers is a different question altogether.

He fractured his jaw in Week 5 and had five weeks in his timetable. While it’s encouraging news that he’s in good enough health to practice with the entire team, it’s not likely that he’ll see the field come Sunday.

Rams head coach Sean McVay talked about the recovery progress of Matthews and running back Malcolm Brown. While he didn’t give any specific information about their return dates, his words give off an optimistic look for Rams fans, via Pro Football Talk.

“Clay, he’s looking good,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “He’s got a nice beard right now, too. I was just complimenting him on that. He’s feeling good.

“I think the anticipation for both those guys is if they continue to progress the right way throughout the week, you should expect to see them ready to roll.”

Matthews has been a key player for the Rams defense this season. He’s made a total of 19 tackles, but his powerful tackling has forced two fumbles and six sacks in only five appearances. He has also deflected one pass.

While the Steelers offense isn’t as potent as they would have been with Ben Roethlisberger on the team, they’re still a respectable team that has a dangerous weapon in JuJu Smith-Schuster. It’s in the Rams’ best interests to keep the ball in the ground, and that’s what Matthews is good at.