PACKERS ROUNDUP: Matthews looking at a fine for his late hit out of bounds Sunday
Media reports say the NFL is considering punishment for Green Bay Packers' linebacker Clay Matthews, after his late clothes-line hit on Colin Kaepernick in Sunday's loss to the 49'ers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the chance for a suspension is not likely, as Matthews has never been fined for an illegal hit. He did get a five-thousand-dollar fine in 2010 for a face-mask penalty, and another five-thousand dollar hit the same season for wearing non-approved yellow shoes. Meanwhile, the N-F-L said yesterday that Niners' lineman Joe Staley should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, after Matthews punched and slapped him in a scuffle right after the hit on the quarterback. The referee admitted a mistake in calling off-setting penalties, which gave the 49'ers an extra third-down play. The league said yesterday it should have been first-and-goal on the Packers' three-yard line. It didn't make any difference, as Niners' receiver Anquan Boldin scored a touchdown on the play after the penalty. Yesterday, Niners' coach Jim Harbaugh took a parting verbal shot at Matthews. He said that if the Packers' Pro Bowler wants to portray himself as a tough guy, he should go to someone with knuckles, not an open slap -- and in that regard quote, "He'll have some repairing to do with his image." Harbaugh also said the Packers should have been penalized for clearing their bench area after the hit. Later, Packers' coach Mike McCarthy said he addressed Harbaugh's comments in a team meeting and quote, "As always, we'll stay above it." McCarthy also defended Matthews, saying he's not a dirty player.
The Packers' next game on Sunday will be a battle of 0-and-1 teams that were both put through a wringer in their openers. The Packers will host Washington, after the Redskins lost at home to Philadelphia last night 33-to-27. Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin-the-Third showed some rust early on, in his first game since he tore L-C-L and A-C-L ligaments in his right knee in last season's playoffs. Griffin managed to completed 30-of-49 passes for 329 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. The Redskins were the first to face the high-powered offense of new Eagles' coach Chip Kelly in the regular season. The Eagles racked up 443 total yards and 26 first touchdowns in their speed-up offense which Kelly brought from the University of Oregon. The Packers will see that same Philly offense in November. Meanwhile, the Packer defense hopes to improve, after giving up 494 yards of offense to San Francisco on Sunday. The Packer players are off today, and will start practicing for the Redskins tomorrow