Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews skipped training camp practice for the second straight day on Tuesday. He continued to rest his sore knee that he first experienced on Saturday.
Matthews not practicing opens the door for a number of other inside linebackers to get valuable opportunities alongside Sam Barrington.
The problem is, those linebackers aren’t producing.
“It’s a big opportunity for the inside linebackers,” McCarthy said. “And they need to start making more plays, frankly.”
The players vying for added opportunities are Nate Palmer, who is practicing with a club like cast, Carl Bradford, Joe Thomas and rookie Jake Ryan.
Palmer is getting the majority of the first team reps with Barrington.
McCarthy knows his team is in the installation phase for the rest of the week. “There’s too much thinking going on, and that’s understandable,” McCarthy said. “They need to settle in and start playing.”