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Clay Matthews | Linebacker

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: USC
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Clay Matthews (thumb) says he's not quite 100 percent yet, but was active for the start of training camp.
Matthews, who broke his right thumb twice in three months and undergone a Tommy John-esque surgery on it, was wearing a splint as practice opened. By the time the real games start in six weeks, he expects to have his full grip back and resume his dominating role in Dom Capers' scheme. Despite the injuries, Matthews has 20.5 sacks in his last 23 games. Jul 27 - 7:14 PM

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Clay Matthews (thumb) is sitting out OTAs, but expects to be ready for training camp.

"I’m doing everything I can to get out there as soon as I can," Matthews said. "I don’t see there being any hindrance towards the beginning of the season, towards camp. But obviously I am speaking a few months in advance." Matthews' injury was an aggravation of an earlier one, so there's no way he'll return to the practice field before the Pack are certain the issue is behind him.
May 29 - 8:22 PM

Clay Matthews (thumb) admitted he probably won't do much at OTAs but fully expects to be ready for training camp.

"I can't imagine I'll be too heavily involved with some of the stuff (at OTAs)," Matthews said. "I'm sure I can do stuff here and there. But yeah, we risked it once." Matthews broke his thumb twice last season and underwent two separate surgeries, so the Packers are going to ease him back. With Julius Peppers in the fold, Matthews also expects to see fewer double-teams in 2014.
Source: USA Today
Apr 16 - 1:21 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Clay Matthews' surgically-repaired thumb has "knitted together well," and isn't expected to be an issue in 2014.

Matthews' 2013 was twice derailed by a "Bennett's fracture," but time has apparently healed all wounds. Two months shy of his 28th birthday, Matthews enters 2014 with 50 sacks across 69 career games.
Mar 25 - 4:42 PM

Clay Matthews had the pins removed from his right thumb Friday.

Matthews likely would have been able to play in the Super Bowl had the Packers made it. Instead, he's now focusing on getting the thumb he broke twice in three months back to 100 percent. Matthews, still just 27 years old, will be a near lock to bounce back in 2014. He has 20.5 sacks in his last 23 games.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 29 - 10:39 AM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (thumb surgery) has been ruled out for the Wild Card round.

Get used to this. Matthews didn't even travel with the Packers to Soldier Field in Week 17, and is out indefinitely. With Nick Perry benched again, Green Bay wound up starting Mike Neal and Andy Mulumba at outside linebacker.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 06:02:00 PM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews has undergone surgery on his re-fractured thumb.

He's been ruled out for Week 17 against the Bears, and is questionable to play in the playoffs after missing four regular season games with the same injury. The Packers will have to manufacture pressure by blitzing without their top pass rusher, which can leave an already shaky secondary vulnerable in the air.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 01:49:00 PM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (thumb) has been ruled out for Week 17.

Green Bay will be minus its top pass rusher in Sunday's clash with the Bears, which will decide the NFC North champion. On paper, at least, it's a nice setup for Jay Cutler to have a productive game. The Packers were struggling in pass defense even before losing Matthews to a re-fracture of the thumb injury that cost him four full games in October and early November.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 08:23:00 PM

The NFL Network confirms Clay Matthews re-broke his thumb in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Matthews wasn't able to cast up and play last time, missing a month after his Oct. 6 Bennett's fracture. It looks like the four-time Pro Bowler's season is now done with a team-leading 7.5 sacks. "The training staff didn't feel very good about the injury," coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 08:29:00 AM

The thumb injury Clay Matthews sustained Sunday is an aggravation of his Oct. 6 Bennett's fracture.

Packers beat reporters are already calling Matthews extremely unlikely for the Week 17 showdown with the Bears. "I couldn't give you a timeline but I think based off the history of what happened the first time, I'm told it's similar to the repeat injury," coach Mike McCarthy said. Matthews missed a full month after his original fracture.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 09:03:00 AM

Clay Matthews re-injured his right thumb in the second quarter of Sunday's Week 16 game against the Steelers.

Matthews sacked Ben Roethlisberger with about five minutes to go in the first half and immediately went to the sideline in obvious pain. He tried shaking it off but had to be taken to the locker room. Matthews originally broke the thumb in Week 5. He's progressed to sporting a small brace on the hand in recent weeks. There's a real possibility he re-broke the thumb.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:29:00 PM

Clay Matthews (thumb) has ditched his club for a small cast.

Matthews isn't quite ready for a mere brace yet, but the small cast has improved his effectiveness. He had two sacks against the Vikings in Week 12 and one against the Giants in Week 11. Matthews will be a full go for the Thanksgiving game at Detroit.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 10:12:00 AM

Clay Matthews is sporting a much smaller club on his right hand this week.

Matthews returned from his thumb fracture against the Redskins last week, but was largely ineffective. It looked like he was carrying around a bowling ball en route to just two tackles and no sacks. Now he's practicing with a much smaller brace ahead of this week's game against the Giants.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 08:13:00 AM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (thumb) is active for Sunday's Week 10 game against the Eagles.

It's Matthews' first game since fracturing his thumb in Week 5 and subsequently undergoing surgery. He'll wear a club on his right hand. The Packers are also getting OLB Nick Perry (foot) back Sunday, far earlier than expected. The Packers inactives: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Chris Harper, CB James Nixon, LB Andy Mulumba, T Derek Sherrod, DE Josh Boyd and DE C.J. Wilson.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 11:54:00 AM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (thumb surgery) appears on track to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Matthews was officially limited Thursday. If he suits up Sunday, he'll be unable to grip anything as he'll play with a club on his right hand. Matthews had three sacks, two forced fumbles and three tackles for a loss in the four games prior to his injury.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 11:20:00 AM