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Clay Matthews ruled out against Giants

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08:34 AM ET 11.24 | Green Bay Packers star pass rusher Clay Matthews will be out for the second straight game and has not been seen so far at practice today. This is indeed terrible news for the Packers, because they will be losing a player who has averaged more than a sack per game. Matthews has had 17 quarterback hits in total, and the Packers' lost production will greatly benefit Eli Manning, who has been dealing with "tired arm" this season. The Packers could still be able to get some pressure on him with the combination of Frank Zombo and Dezman Moses on the outside, largely because Moses had a big game last week with two QB hits against the Detroit Lions. Zombo has far less potential than Moses, so it will be interesting to see if the Pack can still generate pressure even without Matthews. They will to a certain degree, but the downgrade is obvious. He is out for the second straight week with hamstring issues and has not practiced thus far, so it's no surprise that Matthews will be missing another game.

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November 24, 2012  10:24 AM ET

not good for the pack

November 24, 2012  10:24 AM ET

"Frank Zombo" is one of the best linebacker names ever.

November 24, 2012  11:54 AM ET

I think it's from eating all that chicken at Zaxby's

November 24, 2012  01:47 PM ET

NFL Spin Zone reads as though the writer had an assigned minimum word count and didn't have anything to say. This particular article amounts to "Mathews out, Zombo in, Zombo's not as good, so Eli should have a good day."

November 24, 2012  03:01 PM ET

big sissy!

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November 25, 2012  11:55 AM ET

I too love the name Zombo. Unfortunately his name will soon be correlated with being hurt all the time; Johnson got 'zomboed again' this guy is a real 'zombo' always hurt. But hey he came cheap.

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