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Rams LB Clay Matthews Expected to Play vs Steelers

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The Los Angeles Rams (5-3) have missed linebacker Clay Matthews for their last three games. A week ago, the Rams had their bye week. This Sunday they will travel to Pittsburgh (4-4) in a Week 9 non-conference battle.

Will Matthews be on the field against the Steelers?

“That’s the anticipation, yes,” Rams head coach Sean McVay said on Monday.

Matthews, the 11-year veteran, suffered a broken jaw in the Rams’ Week 5 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

In the five games that Matthews has played in this year, he has recorded six sacks and two forced fumbles. Matthews was also credited with 16 solo tacked

“I think, really, it’s just kind of getting him back into normal routine, seeing how he’s feeling,” McVay said of what he expects from Matthews leading up to Pittsburgh.

Matthews presence is even more vital against a young quarterback like the Steelers Mason Rudolph. Matthews is known for his ability to rush the quarterback and adding him to a defense with the likes of Aaron Donald and company, gives the Steelers just a little more to worry about.

The Rams are giving no signs stating that Matthews wouldn’t be lining up across from the Steelers offense, come Sunday.

“Everything’s checked out in a positive manner up to this point, so I think it’s just kind of progressing back to, ‘How comfortable do you feel putting a helmet on?’” McVay said. “It’s just kind of trusting that you’re nice and secure in that absence of some of that stuff that kind of kept it in place and helped it heal over the last couple weeks.”

The Rams defense ranks No. 8 in points allowed and  No. 10 in the NFL in total yards allowed.

 

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