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Clay Matthews calls Allen Barbre’s blindside block a ‘cheap shot’


Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been diagnosed with a separated AC joint in his left shoulder and argues the block that caused it was a “cheap shot.”

The play in question involved a devastating blindside block courtesy of Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Allen Barbre during the Packers’ 27-13 victory on Monday night.

Matthews briefly left the game but returned to the field after receiving pain-killing injection. And now that he’s fully aware of the extent of his injury, Matthews blasted Barbre, who was his teammate with the Packers in 2009, for the block.

“I wasn’t a fan of it,” Matthews said of Barbre’s block, 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.”

Matthews said he wasn’t sure if it was an illegal block or not. But that doesn’t mean he’s happy about it.

“I don’t know. They didn’t throw a flag probably because I wasn’t a quarterback,” Matthews said. “I know all about that.”

The veteran linebacker’s status for Sunday night’s game against the Houston Texans is in doubt at this point. Matthews did admit he’s ” in some pain, no doubt about it.”

“There’s some swelling [and] bruising, but we got an X-ray and nothing’s broken so that’s good. So we’ll see moving forward the progress I make going into this game. That’s ultimately the goal, but we’ve got some work to.”

Matthews, who has appeared in only seven of the Packers’ 11 games this season, is understandably frustrated with yet another injury setback. Despite his protests, though, by all appearances Barbre delivered a clean hit, albeit a devastating one.