On the field, Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry charges ahead full bore toward the quarterback, but in the locker room Thursday he was treading very lightly.

The topic: why Perry isn't being used more on the right side.

It's a subject many people have considered given the impact he has had rushing from that spot, but when asked to say how he really feels about it, Perry chuckled.

"I can't do that," he said.

Perry's résumé on that side of the formation is pretty impressive. All four of his sacks have come from right-side rushes, three of which have resulted in him stripping the ball away, including one that ended in safety Morgan Burnett returning the loose ball for a touchdown against Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.

The 2012 first-round pick has accomplished all of that despite limited rushes from the spot he played as a defensive end at USC. When he had back-to-back strip-sack games against Detroit and Baltimore, he did it in just a dozen rushes from the right per game.

"I like it better," said Perry of rushing from the right. "That's just my opinion. I'm a good rusher on that side. I feel more natural that way."

Asked if he felt he had enough earned capital to go to defensive coordinator Dom Capers and ask for more opportunities on the right, Perry said no.

"I'm not there yet," he said. "In this defense, I'm just trying to learn as much as I can. I'm still a young buck in this defense. Right now, I'm playing the role I need to play. I really believe the opportunity will come. Things will work out for the best."

Part of the problem is that Perry is 270 pounds and can stand up against big, powerful right tackles in the run game while fellow outside linebacker Clay Matthews is playing practically one-handed because of a broken thumb. Thus, he's an asset there, especially with the run defense in crisis.

Another factor is that he is not the starter, so Mike Neal gets more snaps.

When Neal lines up on the left side, which is most of the time, odds are that Matthews will be opposite him since he doesn't leave the field that much.

Perry opened the season as the starter on the left side, but he was benched in favor of Neal after three games. However, in Week 4 against Detroit, Matthews was lost with the broken thumb and Perry broke free for two sacks rushing from the right.

He started again the following week and had yet another sack, but at the end of the play Baltimore tackle Eugene Monroe fell backward on top of Perry's ankle. Though he played in the second half, Perry was found to have a broken foot and the next six weeks were a lost cause.

Perry tried to come back too early and aggravated the injury against Philadelphia, causing him to miss two more games.

Now he's back to full strength and waiting to see how Capers will use him. He'd like more shots on the right side but said he knows there are other factors that could keep him where he is.

"As a pass rusher, we have to adjust," Perry said. "We game plan. Clay may be good at playing that side. He may have a better matchup on that side. I think matchups play into it, where people are comfortable plays into it.