Clay Matthews says ‘cheap shot’ by former Packer caused his shoulder injury

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Clay Matthews knows who’s to blame for his current shoulder injury, and the Green Bay Packers linebacker is pointing the finger at a former teammate.

Matthews believes the shoulder injury he suffered Monday night was the result of a “cheap shot” by right tackle Allen Barbre, who spent his first three years in the league with the Packers.

“I wasn't a fan of it,” Matthews said, via ESPN. “I mean, I've got a lot more to say about it, but I'm going to say it behind closed doors. It was cheap shot, but it is what it is. I hate it. Unfortunately I landed on my shoulder, and that's kind of what I've been dealing with since.”

Barbre’s first-quarter block didn’t draw a penalty though Matthews, who returned to the game after taking a pain-killing injection, wasn’t sure if it deserved one.

“I don't know,” said Matthews, who played with Barbre in Green Bay in 2009. “They didn't throw a flag probably because I wasn't a quarterback. I know all about that.”

Matthews’ status for Sunday’s game against the Texans is still undecided though coach Mike McCarthy sounded confident Wednesday that the 30-year-old linebacker would suit up.

Matthews has recorded 17 tackles and four sacks in seven games this season.