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Rams hoping to have Clay Matthews back after Week 9 bye

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Los Angeles Rams linebacker Clay Matthews suffered a freak injury back in Week 5 when he broke his jaw in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Matthews was initially expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks, and at the time, head coach Sean McVay said he thought the pass rusher would be out for at least a month.

Well, that was three weeks ago, and the good news is that Matthews is making great progress and could be back for Week 10 following the Rams’ Week 9 bye:

“Clay is going to continue to be out, we’re hopeful to get him back after the bye,” McVay said, per Cameron DaSilva of Rams Wire.

During the time he has been on the field this season, Matthews has been very productive, logging 19 tackles, six sacks and a couple of forced fumbles.

In fact, Matthews has already nearly doubled up his sack total from all of 2018, as he totaled just 3.5 sacks during his final season with the Green Bay Packers last year.

The 33-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Southern California, was originally selected by the Packers in the first round (26th pick overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

He spent the first 10 years of his career in Green Bay and was regularly one of the best defensive players in the league during the first half of his tenure, making six Pro Bowl appearances and earning a First-Team All-Pro selection.

Matthews’ production has since waned, but he seems to have found new life in Los Angeles.

The Rams are 4-3 and will take on the Cincinnati Bengals in London on Sunday.