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Chase Winovich starting to excel with Patriots, even if vets cut his hair

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Of course you have to start with the long, blond hair. With Chase Winovich, you always start with the long, blond hair.

And there it was again Tuesday. Back in Michigan, long and resplendent.

It’s not quite the flowing mane of the maize-and-blue merry madman fans had become so familiar with in Ann Arbor, but rather a tight ponytail, spilling out the back of his New England Patriots helmet during joint practices with the Detroit Lions in Allen Park.

“You guys are aggressive,” the third-round pick from Michigan said with a laugh as reporters closed in. “Give me a second to let me get my hair right.”

NFL rookies tend to follow their leaders in many aspects during their football christening into the professional ranks. And not the least of following and falling in line includes the curtailing of eccentric hairstyles.

For now, midway through training camp, Winovich isn’t sure if his locks are a lock to stay lengthy or if they’ll fall prey to a veteran’s shears.

“I really don’t know,” he said. “For me, it is a source of pride and strength, I’d say, playing football. But at the end of the day, it’s just hair. And if they really wanted to cut it, I wouldn’t have any qualms about it.

“I’m part of a team. It’s not about me. It’s about what the team wants. And I’ve expressed that to some of the leaders, so I think that makes them less inclined to try to cut it anyway. That’s kind of human nature.”

Judging by Winovich’s practice Tuesday, which some Boston reporters considered the best of Winovich’s camp, it might be prudent of the Pats’ vets to put the pruners away and let the rookie keep his hair.

Winovich made an impact all over the field. He made some big hits on kickoff coverage, won several one-on-one pass-rush drills and did a nice job communicating with fellow defensive lineman Deatrich Wise before a two-on-two drill to set up a nice inside stunt that beat Lions offensive linemen Matt Nelson and Micah St. Andrew.

“Yeah, camp’s going well,” he said. “Every day is just a learning process and … when you put yourself in different environment and an uncomfortable situation and that situation doesn’t change, it forces you as a person and as a player to grow. And I look forward to that just being the best human and best teammates and best player that I could be every day.”

Of course, no one’s perfect. Winovich had to run a punishment lap late in practice for a penalty.

“Well, he’s a rookie,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said before practice. “He needs to work on everything. But Chase is tough, he runs well, he’s got good size, good power. He had a very productive career at Michigan and we’re looking forward to seeing him out there in some game action, both on defense and in the kicking game.

“But, like every rookie, he’s got a long way to go and a lot of things to work on. It’s a different game and the competition’s very high. He’ll battle it and see how it goes.”

Patriots defensive lineman Chase Winovich during joint practice in training camp on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Allen Park. Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford stretches during joint practice in training camp on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Allen Park. Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press Lions head coach Matt Patricia watches drills during joint practice in training camp on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Allen Park. Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press Lions defensive end Romeo Okwara stretches during joint practice in training camp on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Allen Park. Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press Lions defensive tackle Fred Jones stretches during joint practice in training camp on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Allen Park. Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press Lions defensive end Austin Bryant goes through drills during joint practice in training camp on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Allen Park. Kirthmon F. 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Winovich had plenty of support in the crowd. His parents and other members of his family attended practice wearing No. 15 Michigan jerseys. And plenty of fans hollered his name throughout the day.

“It was really humbling to see all these people in Lions jerseys cheering my name,” he said. “But at the end of the day, I’m always appreciative of their support and that’s what allows us to play this great game that we play.”

Plenty more people will get another chance to cheer Winovich when he makes his NFL exhibition season debut in a game against the Lions on Thursday at Ford Field.

“Yeah, back in Michigan it feels good,” he said. “I tried to just stay low-key at first. I didn’t really put anything on social media, then last night I decided to throw up a little Detroit Instagram subtle tag.

“But really it’s great and I’m just happy to be on the Patriots, happy to be playing football and happy to be here.”

And, obviously, to still have his hair.

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It’s no surprise that with big-name footballers, hairstyles can go from zero to hero. So, if you’re looking for new hair ideas, the pitch is always a great source of hair inspiration. From the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane, we’ve shortlisted the top footballer hairstyles below, expect sharp cuts, cool colours and daring patterns, or in Pogba’s case – a mix of all three!

Harry Kane’s Swept Back Hairstyle

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Want to emulate Harry Kane’s classic swept-back look? Then it’s time to speak barber-lingual.

Knowing what to ask your barber for is half the battle when it comes to requesting a hairstyle. So, for Kane’s look, simply ask for a scissor cut short back and sides, with more length at the top to allow you to sweep your hair back.

Mile Jerdinak Hipster Undercut and Beard

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It seems like the world is obsessed with bearded styles right now and Australia’s Mile Jerdinak may just have the best one yet.

Pairing his long beard with an undercut is the perfect balance for a neat and tidy finish.

Editor’s tip: If you are thinking of growing a beard remember to reach for the TONI&GUY Frizz Taming Beard Balm to tame any stray hairs and frizz.

Jesse Lingard’s Undercut Fade

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Contributing England’s 6-0 defeat over Panama in this year’s World Cup, Jesse Lingard hit the headlines for all the right reasons (and was instantly on our hair radar thanks to his stylish curly undercut fade).

Andreas Cornelius’ Golden Hair

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Clean, classic and cropped: Andreas Cornelius’ striking hair and beard combo just oozes Scandi cool in our books.

Roman Torres’ Trademark Locs

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Roman Torres is adored on-and-off the pitch and we would like to think it has a little something to do with his statement locs.

The Panamanian star has been growing his hair for quite some time and there was even rumour going around that he might cut it for this year’s World Cup, thankfully he had second thoughts.

Lionel Messi’s Relaxed Side-swept Style

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The word renowned Argentina superstar has given us some pretty amazing hairstyles over the years, from bleach blonde hair to the shaggy mop (and everything in-between!). But for this year’s World Cup, he decided to play it safe for with this relaxed side-swept style and a strong beard.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Short Crop and Fade

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In the ongoing battle of who’s the better footballer, we have controversially put Ronaldo after Messi – you know, just for fun.

When the Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo stepped out rocking a short, spiky cropped hairstyle, we applauded the look that was equal parts neat and stylish.

We like how he accentuated his short ‘do with a gradual undercut fade.

Paolo Guerrero’s Disconnected Cut

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You’d think running around the pitch for 90 minutes would leave you looking a bit of a mess, but apparently not judging by Paolo Guerrero’s match day look. His disconnected haircut combines shaved sides with a slicked back top for a dapper style.

Editor’s tip: Thinking of making Guerrero’s look your next style? Then be sure to use a strong hold gel with a wet-look finish, like the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel.

Use on dry or damp hair to mould into shape, but for maximum lift, apply to damp hair before blow drying.

Sadio Mané’s Blonde Streak

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There are some footballers’ hairstyles that’ll just go down in history. Exhibit A? Sadio Mané. A regular mohawk would obviously be way too tame for the Liverpool player, so what better way to spruce it up than with a blonde streak?

Sergio Agüero’s High Fade

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You don’t need to be a Manchester City supporter to be a fan of Sergio Agüero’s look. One of the more wearable soccer hairstyles, his high fade and textured top layers look neat but not overstyled. It’s also a clever way for thick-haired guys to take some of the weight off of the sides of their hair.

Editor’s tip: For a natural way to hold your style, use a matt look styling product like the VO5 Matt Clay. Unlike shiny gels or pomades, this gives an almost undetectable finish, so your hair will just look like it naturally looks that good.

Roberto Firmino’s Top Knot

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David Beckham’s not the only player partial to a top knot. Before Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino cut his hair short he often tied his long hair up during matches, showing off a curved undercut detail.

Mesut Özil’s Comb Over

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Well known for his stylish plays on the field, we can always count on Arsenal’s talisman Mesut Özil, looking sharp for the pitch.

If there’s anything we’ve learnt from the sportsman, it’s that a good comb over won’t let you down.

Antoine Griezmann’s Spiky Tips

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Antoine Griezmann may be one of the most precise scorers in the football world, but it’s his edgy, spiky blonde hair we can’t stop looking at — especially when he’s celebrating his victories with his signature ‘Take the L’ dance.

David Beckham’s Headband

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When it comes to iconic footballers’ hairstyles, it’s hard not to mention David Beckham’s swept-back hairstyle, complete with a mini headband. Who knew keeping your hair off your face could be this easy, eh?

Granit Xhaka’s Slick Taper

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Midfielder Granit Xhaka knows that this slick taper fade is the best footballer hairstyle to rock on and off the pitch. After previously having bold shaven cuts (along with a lot of red cards), we’re glad to now see him ushering in a new wave of change.

It may be a long shot, but we reckon this hairstyle could just become the secret to him scoring in the future…

Paulo Dybala’s Side-swept Fringe

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According to Argentine professional Paulo Dybala, soccer hairstyles can include a fringe. So, it shouldn’t really be too surprising to see that this top-scoring look helped him bag a trophy.

Olivier Giroud’s Suave Style

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The French forward is as much known for his goal finishing as he is for his picture-perfect hair. His tight taper and layered side sweep may require a little effort to perfect, but when the finish looks as good as this, it will be totally worth it.

Raheem Sterling’s Shaved Parting

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Regardless of the stir Raheem Sterling has been causing off the pitch lately, there’s no denying he’s had his share of headliner soccer hairstyles too.

The Manchester City player has had quite a style overhaul over the years, trading in his signature locs and high-top fades for a shorter faded style, complete with a discreet shaved detail.

Neymar’s Curly Crop

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When it comes to footballer hairstyles, Brazil’s Neymar is certainly one to watch. While he might be reported as Europe’s most expensive player, it’s Neymar’s love for hair is what we really want to talk about.

We have seen him rock gelled back styles, bleached blonde tips and messy spikes to name just a few, so it’s anyone’s guess what he will try out next.

Stephan El Shaarawy’s Simple Straight Style

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Even after 90 minutes of play, Stephan El Shaarawy’s football hairstyle still manages to stand up, looking perfectly straight and styled.

While his long mohawk might have resulted in countless YouTube tutorials on how to get the look, we think this shorter swept-back style is a winner.

Paul Pogba’s Colourful Fade

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If there is one person we are most excited to see on the pitch, it’s Pogba. The Frenchman never shies away from a head-turning hair opportunity.

From a leopard print design to a rather low-key (in his world) Batman symbol shaved into the side of his head, we almost want to do a sweepstake on what he will possibly debut next!

Sergio Ramos’ Slicked Back Hair

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Real Madrid‘s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos has become a fashion icon in his own right, thanks to his ever-stylish hairstyles. This footballer has sported long hair in the past, but it’s his shorter, slicked-back mane that has caught our eye.

Arturo Vidal’s Spiky Mohawk

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Known just as much for his extreme hairstyles as he is for his football career, we can’t imagine Arturo Vidal without an edgy mohawk! This Chilean football player is living proof that OTT hairstyles work just as well off the pitch, as they do on it.

If you want to rock a similar haircut, ask your barber to shave all of your hair off, leaving only the top section remaining. The middle of this top section should be left an inch long, while the hair on either side should be shaved with a grade 1 or 2 clipper.

Editor’s tip: To ensure that your mohawk stays put while you’re out and about, you’ll need to rely on help from a strong-holding hair product.

Warm a 5p-sized piece of the Toni&Guy Men’s Moulding Clay between the palms of your hands, and then distribute it through your mohawk, shaping the strands upwards as you go.

Theo Walcott’s Curly Mohawk

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From shaved to swept back straight hair, it seems Theo Walcott has found yet another impressive haircut with this textured mohawk.

Ryan Babel’s Pink Hair

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Not afraid of a little colour? Then you’ll love this eye-catching footballer hairstyle from Fulham and Netherlands national, Ryan Babel.

Mohamed Salah’s Curly ‘fro and Beard

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Embrace your natural hair texture and follow in Mohamed Salah’s footsteps with a ‘fro.

As impressive as it, this soccer hairstyle is not just about Mohamed’s curls, take a look at his facial hair.

Editor’s tip: From regular trims to daily self-care, having a beard requires routine grooming. To keep your beard looking and feeling nourished we suggest using the TONI&GUY Nourishing Premium Beard Oil.

Work 2-3 droplets into your beard and jawline for a fresh feel and a groomed look.

Hector Bellerin’s Long Man Bun

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On the pitch, we’ve seen Arsenal player Hector Bellerin try everything from cornrows braids, a half-up bun and as his hair has got longer a full man bun. Hector really is at the top of his hair game right now!

Danny Rose’s Fade Twists

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Faded haircuts are a men’s hairstyle fave as they offer so much versatility to a style. Take Danny Rose who styles his faded haircut with longer twists at the top.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Curly Fade

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Liverpool player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has never done a step wrong when it comes to his hair. Keeping to the same curly fade cut, Chamberlain has found what suits him best.

Although his style may not change, he is prone to colouring his curls a golden brown at the tips. This subtle colour change can give your strands more dimension and a sunkissed finish.

Luka Modric’s Curtains

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Luka Modric’s middle parting and floppy curtains have become an iconic look on the soccer pitch.

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In fact, Modric’s headband look reminds us of the classic hairstyles of ’70s and ’80s sportsmen.

Kylian Mbappé’s Fade Haircut

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Kylian Mbappé keeps his hair looking on point with his fresh shape-up and precise skin fade haircut.

Eden Hazard’s Bald Fade

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Looking for a footballer hairstyle that’s more on the conservative side? Then opt for the Eden Hazard haircut. Just ask your barber for short blunt cut with a mid skin/bald fade.

Kevin De Bruyne’s Quiff

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The Belgian soccer player might be less adventurous than some of his football peers, but we rate him for sticking his classic, short quiff and fade.

N’Golo Kanté’s Close Shave

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N’Golo Kanté keeps his focus on the game opting for low maintenance with his close-shaven haircut.

Raphaël Varane’s Subtle Fade

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Being French, Varane’s hairstyle naturally leans towards being effortlessly cool. If you also like this look, ask for a subtle fade haircut with some length on the top to keep it sophisticated.

Ivan Rakitic’s Low Fade

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The Croatian midfielder has previously experimented with bold blonde and guylights (highlights for guys), but nowadays he keeps his hair colour natural.

Luis Suárez’s Connected Haircut

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There’s no denying that Luis Suárez’s has a great head of hair. His connected haircut is great for men with thick hair and perfectly complements his groomed beard.

Marcelo’s Afro

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Marcelo often leaves his hair out when he’s playing and we welcome the Brazilian footballer’s full, curly, afro hair on the football pitch.

David Silva’s Scissor Cut

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Silva’s hair hit the headlines when he suddenly shaved off his hair. Previously, his hair looked like it was thinning, however, it has since grown back looking thicker than ever, which sparked rumours about the footballer having a hair transplant.

Edinson Cavani’s Long Hair

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Edinson Cavani has been known to be gifted both with great hair and football skills, so much like Samson, it seems like his power and strength lies in his hair!

Toni Kroos’ Gelled Hair

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If you want to create a sleek hairstyle like Toni Kroos, styling products can be your best friend. Wet look gels are great if you want a glistening finish, while pastes and clays offer a classy matt finish.

Virgil van Dijk’s Man Bun

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Love it or hate it, the man bun continues to be popular both on and off the pitch, especially with Dutch football player Virgil van Dijk.

Philippe Coutinho’s Hard Part

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Looking for a way to update your classic pompadour? Take a leaf out of Philippe Coutinho’s book and ask your barber to give you a hard part (a parting that’s shaved in, normally on the side).

Jan Oblak’s Short Crop

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Jan Oblak’s short crop is perfect for men that want to disguise thinning hair or a receding hairline.

Isco’s Tapered Haircut

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Saying that Isco is blessed with lots of hair is an understatement! Football fans know that his tapered back and sides hairstyle with lots of length at the top is his trademark, which looks great when paired with stubble or a short beard.

Ivan Perisic’s Curly Hair With Fade

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Got curly hair? Showcase your curly hair texture with a mid fade haircut like Ivan Perisic.

Robert Lewandowski

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Lewandowski gets top marks for this tapered haircut and modern fringe. In our opinion, the dapper footballer oozes style and class.

Mauro Icardi

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Mauro Icardi is giving us serious retro, Peak Blinders vibes with his hard part and high skin fade.

Mario Mandzukic’s Straight Haircut

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Mario Mandzukic’s signature haircut works really well if you have straight hair. Not to mention, the shape makes it easier to style and manage.

Diego Godín’s Caesar Cut

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Diego Godín’s haircut is in between a Caesar cut and French crop, and is ideal for making a widow’s peak look less prominent.

Samuel Umtiti’s High Top

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Want to know how to work the high top fade in a contemporary way? Just take a picture of Samuel Umtiti to your barber.

Thibaut Courtois’ Styled Short Hair

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Whether he’s off-duty or playing football, Thibaut Courtois’ short hair always looks great.

Christian Eriksen’s Sharp Haircut

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Christian Eriksen show off this Danish good looks with this sharp, short haircut and stubbly beard.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Standing in front of his locker, Clay Matthews barely had the dexterity to twist his long blond hair into a ponytail with his surgically repaired right thumb Sunday afternoon.

So you can imagine what tackling with a concrete beehive taped around the thumb was like.

Playing in his first game since injuring his right thumb while sacking Detroit’s Matthew Stafford in Week 5, Matthews had one solo tackle and one assist in the loss to Philadelphia at Lambeau Field. Add a roughing the passer penalty and basically Matthews had more annoyed looks on his face than he had sacks, tackles for loss or quarterback hurries against the Eagles.

“I know what I can contribute on this defense,” Matthews said. “And it’s frustrating when you’re limited physically.”

If ever the Packers needed Matthews’ surge up the gaps and punches at the ball carrier, it was Sunday. Green Bay was without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, lost his backup and then even more players to injuries throughout the game, and then its defense wilted on the Eagles’ explosive plays.

Matthews’ broken right thumb — a Bennett’s fracture — was so damaging it required surgery in early October for stabilization and he missed four games. He just had the pins pulled out last Monday, and he’s still fighting pain with the thumb still swollen, bruised and bandaged.

With doctors and trainers reassuring Matthews that it would be very difficult to reinjure the hand while wearing a club, Matthews returned to the field — and admitted that they are all still pushing the timeline with this quick return. But in his mind, he was able to play and so there was no question he would, even if it essentially meant he was playing with one arm tied behind his back.

“There were a multitude of guys going down, at an alarming rate, too,” Matthews said. “Nick Perry went down at the outside linebacker spot where we’re already thin.

“I’m playing through for a multitude of reasons. First, I’m able to, despite the pain, but at the same time, there are a few injuries out there, and we’re missing a few leaders, not just on defense, but throughout the team. It’s the responsibility for everyone on this team to not only pick up their game but help improve this team.

“As long as I can be out there in any form or fashion, I’m going to be.”

It’s not that his presence wasn’t felt. It just wasn’t beast mode. He still could run laterally and force Eagles running back LeSean McCoy to the outside. He just couldn’t rope anyone down.

He still could churn those legs and twist and torque around blockers. It just wasn’t very easy to separate or set the edge.

“I tried the best I could with one hand,” Matthews said. “I tried to stick the club in when I could.”

Matthews said he expects to play better with the club next week at New York. The club may even be a bit smaller, which won’t change its challenges but might make Matthews more comfortable. He said he needs to get used to throwing it in there on plays.

Matthews said the return to live action Sunday was valuable. Still, he’s looking forward to losing the whole club and playing with just a brace at some point. Then maybe he wouldn’t get calls like the roughing one on Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles in the second quarter.

“I understand why it was called,” Matthews said. “At the same time, I tried to let them know, I’m out here with one hand. We still held him on the third down to a field goal, but I’ll put that on my hat and will obviously have to be a little smarter.”

The NFL is threatening James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal with suspensions over a new PED probe if the players don’t respond to interviews the league wants to conduct, USA Today reported. Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers “hitman,” would be the latest big name player from his team, along with wide receiver Martavis Bryant who is serving one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and running back Le’Veon Bell, who will serve a suspension for missing a drug test. Matthews, Peppers and Neal make up a huge part of the Green Bay Packers defense, and could have some impact if the Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Bears make a strong showing in the NFC North. The Packers, while the perennial favorites to usually win their division, aren’t exactly in the toughest division in the league, but their first four games, one against the Vikings and another against division rivals the Detroit Lions, could end up meaning more to the team later in the season.

Harrison took to Facebook to comment on his “surprise” and “random” PED.

It’s no small thing if the suspensions end up happening, especially when the NFL season will start off without one of the league’s elite quarterbacks and biggest names, Tom Brady, who is set to serve his own 4-game suspension for “Deflategate” after his reinstatement was overturned by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this past April. And while the impact on the teams they play for will be felt will be felt, the individual players reputations could be damaged by the allegations, suspensions, or, if they take the tests, the results. Matthews especially as one of the league’s most recognizable players with his long, blonde hair and his ads for companies like Campbell’s soup.

The players have until August 25th to cooperate or face the suspension, and whatever happens, losing more big names and enduring yet another scandal certainly wouldn’t be the best way to start the NFL season.

It’s easy to dismiss Clay Matthews III’s rise to NFL stardom as matter-of-fact. The Packers linebacker, whose blond mane has become so in vogue ESPN reporter Erin Andrews dressed as Matthews one Halloween, is part of football’s royal family. His grandfather Clay Sr. played four NFL seasons, his dad Clay Jr. and uncle, Bruce, played a combined 38, and his younger brother Casey and cousin Kevin are both in the league. NFL general managers might not admit it, but they’re likely drooling at the idea of sending the Matthews clan out to stud.

An NFL roster spot was no divine right for Matthews however: he didn’t receive a single scholarship out of high school, walked on at USC and didn’t start until midway through his senior year. That’s all the time he needed, though, to prove to Green Bay he was worthy of a 2009 first -round selection. Since being drafted, Matthews has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons. He has been such a staple on NFL highlight reels that his long blonde locks have become a topic of conversation—so much so that ESPN would probably dedicate an entire channel to his hairdo if Mark Schlereth could break down hair product with the same panache as he does the Cover-2.

Now in his third season, Matthews talked with GQ about his football journey, an odd friendship he made filming a commercial, and his family’s favorite sport to play—which, surprisingly, isn’t football.

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GQ: Your linebackers’s room kind of has this long blond hair look. I’m sure the consensus is that you have the best look.

** Clay Matthews III: **It’s seems to be a growing theme throughout the league, especially at the linebacker position, especially on this team. Although A.J. Hawk definitely has the long blond going as well, there’s no doubt that mine is much better.

GQ: Noticed you’re pretty active on Twitter and was surprised you follow Kevin Love. That has to be leaving Trojan nation a little upset.

** Clay Matthews III: **I’m sure they’re not too happy about it but I met Kevin when we were filming a few commercials for the ESPYs this past year and he actually turned out to be a great guy. Fortunately I’ve been able to stay in touch with him. He’s real cool and I mean, yeah, he went to UCLA. Obviously I went to USC. He plays for Minnesota, I play in Wisconsin. It’s definitely not pretty for the fans.

GQ: Who do you dislike more? UCLA or the Bears?

** Clay Matthews III: **Oh goodness. Well I think now that I’m past UCLA, I’m going to say UCLA just because I can and hopefully they won’t hold it against me. The Bears you have to respect and I think with college football, it’s a little more personal, especially with both being in Los Angeles. I think it was a heated rivalry to say the least. I think the fans get more out of it in the NFL than do the players.

GQ: The comparison between your college experience and pro experience is flipped in some ways. At USC you were the team in Los Angeles. It’s almost like a pro experience. And then you go to Green Bay and it has that rabid college football following that is associated with the SEC.

** Clay Matthews III: ** the people there look at you as though you’re a franchise or a top organization—especially when you’re winning. And then also on game day there is so much more to do out there in L.A. where you could watch the Lakers or go to the beach or go skiing that you know, perhaps, some days you’re looked at as a pro team where you might not get the support that some of these schools in the south or Midwest might receive. But then I come out here to Green Bay, population 100,000, where in the offseason the city is dead. That’s kind of all we eat, sleep, and breathe out here is the Packers.

NFL 2018 WAGs: The 10 hottest wives and girlfriends supporting their star partners this NFL season

Update: Here is our list of 10 hottest WAGs from NFL 2019.

NFL players don’t just get superstardom, they also get the hottest women. As the NFL season rolls in, along with your favorite star players come their hot as hell WAGS who are often seen cheering their other halves from the stands. From supermodels, reality stars, and music moguls, here is a list of the ten hottest women in the lives of these players who will remind you, once again, how much you miss out when you’re not playing for the big leagues.

1. Katherine Webb

The gorgeous 29-year-old Katherine Webb is the perfect brunette bombshell. The model, beauty queen, and former Miss Alabama USA is married to Raymond Anthony “AJ” McCarron Jr. who is the quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. She’s got the beach body you can only wish for and a super sharp jawline.

2. Ciara

She’s a household name in pop and R&B music not only because of her impeccable talent but also because of her steamy music videos. Ciara Princess Harris is also a songwriter, record producer, dancer, model, and actress. She is married to Russell Carrington Wilson who is the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. The 32-year-old is 5’8.5″ and weighs 137 pounds. She is best known for her debut album ‘Goodies’, which was certified as 3x Platinum. With a dangerously curvy physique, a jawline that can cut glass and pouty lips, it’s no surprise that she lands at number 2 on this list.

3. Gisele Bundchen

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is the wife of football quarterback Tom Brady who plays for the New England Patriots in the NFL. The 37 years old towers at 5’11” and weighs 126 lbs. If you just browse through her Instagram, you’ll find she loves yoga and cardio and believes in the au naturale life. She’s got the perfect washboard abs, piercing blue eyes, and messy blond locks which make her a treat to the eyes!

4. Sasha Lee Dindayal

Reality star Sasha Lee Dindayal is married to NFL player to Antonio Gates from San Diego Chargers. The two have had had a long run since he popped the question in 2011. Sasha also has her own line of football baby clothes called Wittle Ones. She’s 30 years old, loves working out (clearly, check out that booty) and has hair that is always on point! She can be frequently seen posting saucy shots of herself on Instagram but hey, we are not complaining!

5. Camille Kostek

Camille Kostek is in a relationship with football tight end for the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski. This blonde bombshell is like a total beach babe – freckles, wavy hair and the perfect tan, not to mention the perfect beach bod. She’s a Swimsuit Illustrated model and also big into body positivity. The 26-year-old gets her good looks from her mixed heritage which is Irish, Polish and Jamaican.

6. Marissa Powell

Beauty queen, model and actress Marissa Powell is married to Kyle Van Noy linebacker for the New England Patriots. She’s known for her role in ‘Ballers’ that stars Dwayne Johnson. She was former Miss Utah USA so it’s safe to say that Powell is as smart as she is gorgeous. She’s also a singer who has performed with her group ‘Geniveve’ in numerous venues across the state of Utah, singing the National Anthem for over 10,000 people at the Rocky Mountain Cup for Real Salt Lake, as well as writing and performing original songs for many years. This 5’8″ tall brunette boasts of voluptuous curves and smoldering blue eyes. Her most prominent feature is her shapely kissable lips and toned as hell abs.

7. Kia Proctor

Kia Proctor is the girlfriend of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The brunette bombshell comes from a sexy job – she used to be a stripper. She’s 29 years old and is 5’6″ tall. She worked under her stage name Hazel and has worked as an exotic dancer for Washington DC Stadium, a popular strip club. She later went on to become a party host in Atlanta. She left her stripping and party hosting modeling later on and now makes hearts swoon with that amazing hourglass figure and enviable booty.

8. Olivia Culpo

A willowy petite body, curves in all the right places and a smile like sunshine, Olivia Culpo is one of the hottest NFL WAGS out there. She is currently dating Daniel James Amendola who plays wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins. She’s a model, actress, and beauty queen who won the Miss Universe 2012 pageant, representing her home country of United States. She previously won the Miss Rhode Island USA competition, which was the first pageant she entered.

9. Lilit Avagyan Bush

Lilit Avagyan Bush is the wife of NFL player Reggie Bush. Reggie is most popular for his sex tape scandal with reality mogul Kim Kardashian and it may seem like he has a thing for curvy women. If you browse through Lilit’s Instagram you’ll know what we are talking about. The 31-year-old could solely be responsible for the rising temperatures – Lilit has curves to die for. She’s multilingual – she can speak Russian, Armenian and English and she loves to dance. She’s a fitness freak and frequently posts workout videos on her Insta.

10. Jessie James Decker

Jessie James Decker is a country singer and model and is wed to New England’s patriots player Eric Decker. She’s one of the most fun, playful WAGS out there and she can also rock the hell out of a bikini. She is from a military family, as her father served in the US Air Force. As a result, she lived in many areas: Germany, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana. James has two younger siblings, Sydney Rae Bass and John James. She began singing at the age of two. Jessie is super toned, thanks to her love for working out.

10 Sexiest NFL Players

As a Steelers fan, I don’t care much for this team, but as a woman, I can’t help but love Miles Austin. Currently dating Kim Kardashian, this wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys is certainly one to watch on football weekends. That smile, those eyes, that skin tone … he’s a bonafide stud.

Reggie Bush, the star running back for the New Orleans Saints, recently returned his Heisman Trophy, the first player ever to do so. But he won a Super Bowl last year and dated Kim Kardashian before the dude pictured above him got her. All of us can see why she liked him — no one can deny that Reggie is a whole lot of sexy. Just look at his “I’m the man” swagger and smirk. His guns are lovely too.

Mark Sanchez, quarterback for the New York Jets, is just so much fun to look at. It’s hard playing any professional sport in a city like New York, but this guy seems to handle the pressure (and the fame) pretty well. He’s a third-generation Mexican American and a big fan of musical theater — he was a presenter at the 2010 Tony Awards. Manly football player who loves attending a matinee? This guy is perfect.

Wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald is always smiling. He may not be the typical, smoldering, sexy type, but how can you resist those pearly whites? And he keeps his hair long to honor his mom. On top of that, he’s a genuine, spiritual person and openly grateful for the opportunities his athleticism have given him. Can’t get much sexier than that.

He may be used to losing, but that doesn’t make Trent Edwards, quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, any less sexy. An Armenian-American (think Kim K. will go after him next?) who went to Stanford, he’s suffered from quite a few concussions during his NFL career, which may or may not have affected his play, but luckily hasn’t affected his good looks.

Here’s the second player from the New York Jets to make the list, but just look at him, how could I not include him? Ah, Jason Taylor … many of you most likely remember him from his sultry routines on Dancing With the Stars. But he’s also gone to the Pro Bowl six times and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. Is there anything this guy can’t do? Man, his dance partner was one lucky girl.

Not sure why so many quarterbacks in the league are so good-looking — David Carr is one of them. He’s played for the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants before becoming QB for the San Francisco 49ers. A first-round draft pick, he’s been kind of a bust, but still good-looking enough to make our very sexy NFL player list. So take heart, Carr, I know you’ll soak in this prestigious honor, as a Lombardi Trophy may not be in your immediate future.

I know, I know, long crazy hair on men can be a major turn-off, and you can’t see his face in this photo, but as a Steelers fan, I just love this one. Troy Polamalu, their star Samoan safety, has an amazing body, is one of the most athletic, versatile players I’ve ever seen, has adulating love for his wife (damnit all), says a prayer before and after every play, has $1 million hair, is quiet, humble, and unassuming, and grows flowers and plays the piano as hobbies.

An inside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, Patrick Willis is one of the best defensive players in the league. He’s not a big talker and doesn’t make many headlines, but his statistics and Pro Bowl-worthy play speak for themselves. He’s the kind of guy who looks scary and plays scary but will probably enjoy a nice cup of tea while reading Kafka and taking care of your puppy while you’re away for the weekend.

Woe is me as a Steelers fan for having to add New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to this list, but it just wouldn’t be complete without him. Ah, the smoldering eyes. The butt chin. The fact he’s a dad. And that he’s a winner and a gazillionaire. Just be sure not to mention the car crash.

I know I’m missing a lot — Chad Ochocinco, Tony Gonzalez, Wes Welker, Tony Romo, etc. etc. — who would you add to the list?

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