Matthews moves on to next matchup
It’s hard for the Packers’ Clay Matthews to let things go on the field. Give the Pro Bowl linebacker a clear path to a quarterback or running back and he’ll usually lock on for a takedown.
But as far as that San Francisco game last week and coach Jim Harbaugh’s criticism? Yeah, Matthews is moving on.
In his first meeting with reporters since Sunday’s 34-28 loss in San Francisco, Matthews sidestepped a question on whether he’d received notice from the NFL about a potential fine following a late hit on quarterback Colin Kaepernick that preceded a sideline scrum with offensive lineman Joe Staley.
“Um, I’m not really going to discuss all that right now, but on to the next game,” Matthews said at his locker after practice Thursday. The Redskins visit Lambeau Field in the Packers home opener Sunday.
Matthews didn’t bite after being asked about Harbaugh’s remarks earlier this week.
“If you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, not an open slap,” Harbaugh said then. “I think if that young man works very hard on being a tough guy, he’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”
“Nah, I don’t have any reaction. I’m on to the next game,” he said. “I’m not worried about it.”
Matthews was asked if he considered himself a “dirty player.”
“Next game!” he exclaimed with a smile, drawing laughs. “I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player.”
Coach Mike McCarthy had his best defensive player’s back this week. He even brought up Harbaugh’s remarks in a team meeting.
“Clay Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means,” McCarthy said Monday. “So I addressed Harbaugh’s comments in the team meeting, and as always, we’ll stay above it.”
McCarthy has long moved on to preparing for Washington and the second game back from a right knee injury for quarterback Robert Griffin III.
While Griffin may have looked a little rusty in Monday night’s 33-27 loss to the Eagles, Matthews is paying him the utmost respect.
“Did you watch the second half of that game? Yeah, he looked pretty good,” Matthews said. “He still possesses that big playmaking ability.”
Lions run laps
Detroit running back Reggie Bush said that the Lions ran six half-gassers after practice Wednesday as player-imposed punishment for the two personal fouls they incurred against Minnesota, including Ndamukong Suh’s $100,000 fine for his low block on John Sullivan.
Original Bronco dies
Frank Tripucka, who quarterbacked the Denver Broncos in their inaugural season and later wanted his No. 18 unretired so Peyton Manning could wear it, died. He was 85.
The Broncos said Tripucka died in Woodland Park, N.J. He had Alzheimer’s disease.
A former standout at Notre Dame, Tripucka played for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and Dallas Texans. He also tossed the first touchdown pass in American Football League history.
Chiefs’ Charles OK
Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles was back at practice after missing the previous day’s work out with a bruised thigh muscle sustained in last week’s win over Jacksonville.