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Rams LB Clay Matthews to return to practice this week

Clay Matthews, Rams

The Los Angeles Rams have been hoping that Clay Matthews would return for Week 10, and it looks like that’s in the process of happening.

Rams head coach Sean McVay says that the team is expecting Matthews to return to practice this week and will then make the call on whether or not the linebacker will suit up against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

“I think, really, it’s just kind of getting him back into normal routine, seeing how he’s feeling,” McVay said, according to Stu Jackson of the Rams’ team website. “Everything’s checked out in a positive manner up to this point, so I think it’s just kind of progressing back to, ‘How comfortable do you feel putting a helmet on?’ Some of the collisions that naturally would occur and just kind of trusting that you’re nice and secure in that absence of some of that stuff that kind of kept it in place and helped it heal over the last couple weeks.”

Matthews has been sidelined for the last three games as a result of a broken jaw he suffered back in Week 5.

Prior to the injury, Matthews was having a Renaissance season, as he logged 19 tackles, six sacks, and a couple of forced fumbles through his first five games.

The 33-year-old signed with Los Angeles back in March, ending a 10-year tenure with the Green Bay Packers that included six Pro Bowl appearances and a First-Team All-Pro selection.

However, over his last several years with the Packers, Matthews had been on a clear decline, a trend that he has bucked thus far in 2019.

The Rams are 5-3 on the season.