Packers believe they're getting 'tough, tough' player in Ahmad Brooks

Mystery injury to Packers OLB Clay Matthews revealed

What's also clear is that GM Ted Thompson will be searching high and low for offensive line help following the upcoming September 1 roster cutdowns that will result in 1,182 free agents being available to all 32 teams.

Brooks, 33, was a mainstay on the 49ers linebacking corps over the previous eight seasons. He can play the outside linebacker, he can play the elephant. He notched at least six sacks per season dating back to 2011 when he became a full-time starter.

Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks is signing with the Green Bay Packers, with whom he visited this week. "We wish him and his family nothing but the best".

Initially, this was the role billed for rookie fourth round pick Vince Biegel, but he had surgery this offseason and is likely to start the year on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. "But we'll take it a day at a time, we'll take it a week at a time, and whatever it takes".

Starters Clay Matthews (groin) and Nick Perry (ankle) are not expected to play against the Rams, although their injuries do not appear to be serious and they should be ready for the September 10 regular-season opener against Seattle. Perry and Clay Matthews left last week's game with the Broncos, a 20-17 defeat.

Last week, Matthews said he knows the defense is counting largely on him and Perry to apply pass rush from the outside after general manager Ted Thompson essentially crossed his fingers that Matthews and Perry will not only stay healthy, but return to form.

Depending on how the 53-man roster shakes out, the Packers could go into Week 1 with Matthews, Perry, Brooks, Fackrell and Elliott at outside linebacker. But it really comes down to the final 53.

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