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Packers' Matthews doesn't mind being held out in practice

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Relentless linebacker Clay Matthews can't stand coming out for one play in a game -- and he rarely does.

Practice is a different story for the NFL's sacks leader.

Green Bay has been holding back Matthews, who has a bothersome shin injury, on the practice field the last several weeks to preserve him for game day.

Other than missing out on getting a virtual feel for the plays by not being in for the live reps, Matthews says he hasn't been set back by the missed time.

Matthews, who has 11 1/2 sacks, is probable for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Packers also expect to have receiver Greg Jennings (foot), safety Nick Collins (shoulder) and defensive ends Cullen Jenkins (calf) and Ryan Pickett (ankle) ready for action.

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