It has been almost exactly a month since Clay Matthews and Nick Perry last were on the field together for the Green Bay Packers.

It looks like that streak will end on Sunday.

Both Matthews (broken hand) and Perry (broken foot) took part in a modified practice Wednesday and are cleared to take part in a full one Thursday. As long as they show they can handle the workload, it appears they will both play against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I just spent a couple minutes (talking) with Clay," coach Mike McCarthy said. "You know, the first time wearing the club, there obviously needs to be adjustments that will occur during the week.

"So that will be the case for him to participate tomorrow."

Putting a club on Matthews' hand might seem like a bad idea, especially for those offensive linemen who might be getting it stuck in their ear hole. But if Matthews is going to make his return, he'll have to do it without any grip from his right hand.

Using his strong hands is a big part of Matthews' game and whether he'll be able to finish off sacks or fight off blockers in an effective way will be known Sunday. He spent part of practice working on his two-hand punch against a tackling sled to help him prepare for what's next.

"That's my Mega Man," rookie defensive lineman Datone Jones said of the video game robot with round, weapon-wielding hands. "He's got a Mega Man hand. I believe in Clay and I know he's ready to go, and I'm excited to see him out there."

Perry attempted to practice on the Friday before the Minnesota game, but the following day it was determined he wasn't ready to return. So, he sat out all of last week and then finally got the go-ahead Wednesday.

"It was just for me to get out there and see how it felt," Perry said of two weeks ago. "It came down to the staff put me down and (let it) continue to heal. It continued to heal and it felt good today."

Perry lost his starting job on the left side to Mike Neal after a poor start to the season, but after Matthews broke his thumb against Detroit, Perry was inserted at the right outside linebacker position. He proceeded to deliver with three sacks and two forced fumbles in the next two games.

However, on his last sack, which caused a fumble and set up a field goal just before the half, Baltimore tackle Eugene Monroe fell with all of his weight on Perry's right foot. He played some in the second half, but he was found to have broken an unspecified bone after tests were done the day after.

Perry declined to say where the break occurred.

If things progress well, Perry may be back on the field.

"I'm hoping Nick can go this week," McCarthy said. "Tomorrow when we get into a normal practice environment we'll know more."