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Clay Matthews had pins removed from thumb last week


Packers linebacker Clay Matthews missed the final week of the regular season and the Wild Card loss to San Francisco after surgery to repair his broken right thumb, which involved inserting pins to immobilize the thumb.

Those pins have been removed. Matthews, who missed four games after breaking the same thumb in Week Four, said he had the pins out last Friday is ready to start moving forward with his rehab.

“I need to get healthy. Rehab my thumb and get it back to 100 percent so that way there is no setback starting next season,” Matthews said, via FOX Sports. “Little exercises as far as finger mobility. I have a physical therapist who helps with loosening up those joints because it was immobilized for so long. A lot of those ligaments and tendons become real stiff along with the surgery.”

There’s plenty of time for Matthews to work on the thumb before the Packers will be back on the field for offseason work and even more before training camp so there’s not much reason for concern about his readiness on those fronts. Finding a way to keep him there for all of next season would be a welcome development in Green Bay.

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25 Responses to “Clay Matthews had pins removed from thumb last week”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jan 29, 2014 3:24 PM

    Clay Matthews also had the pins removed from his hair too.

    What a girl.

  2. winninaintsinnin says: Jan 29, 2014 3:24 PM

    Got a lot of time to get healthy.

  3. drunkinsconnie says: Jan 29, 2014 3:24 PM

    Clay’s so awesome!! Watch him play 4 stellar games next year.

  4. nyninerfan says: Jan 29, 2014 3:27 PM

    And during the period of time they were inside of him, the pins packed on a solid five pounds of muscle from the HGH in his system.

  5. gb4mn0 says: Jan 29, 2014 3:29 PM

    Minnysoda vikqueens personified = Barney Fife

  6. rikker12 says: Jan 29, 2014 3:40 PM

    Everyone’s comments on here are so cute… Bashing Mathews with their intelligent theories..

  7. deltaoracle says: Jan 29, 2014 3:46 PM

    Thumb surgery and rehabilitation just has to be better than groin surgery and rehab.

  8. woodyg says: Jan 29, 2014 3:51 PM

    16, 15, 15, 12, 11
    He’s missed 11 out of a possible 80 games in 5 years. And he’s only getting older. Wanna bet the rest of his career will be even worse in regards to injuries. His nickname should be “Horrible Hammy”.

  9. shaggytoodle says: Jan 29, 2014 3:55 PM

    Now he should grimace a little less when he’s putting his Super Bowl ring on.

  10. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Jan 29, 2014 3:55 PM

    The Vikings would probably lose 10 games in the CFL as well. Worst team ever.

  11. purpleguy says: Jan 29, 2014 3:59 PM

    CMIII will be fine, although if he reads the post above “Minnysoda Vikqueens personified = Barney Fife”, I suspect he will end up scratching his goldi-locked head trying to figure out both the structure and meaning of the sentence. That is, of course, after he marvels at the unique, clever and original spellings of the words Minnesota and Vikings.

  12. mvp43 says: Jan 29, 2014 4:01 PM

    The Viking fans can talk, they have all those Super Bowl titles to back them up……..oh wait?

  13. thevikesarebest says: Jan 29, 2014 4:01 PM

    The packers are a trash franchise and the vikings are always better than them.clay Mathews will never be good enough for the vikings roster spot he is a girl and the vikings lbs are better.Packers are irrelevant we laugh at u.#SKOL!!!!!!!!!

  14. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 29, 2014 4:03 PM

    Chad Greenway played most of the year with a fractured wrist. Just sayin’.

  15. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 29, 2014 4:07 PM

    Clay “Nails” Matthews and “Iron” Aaron Rodgers will be hosting their annual Tough Man Camp again this year. Participants will learn how to milk an injury for as long as possible to avoid the remote possibility that they may feel some discomfort during a game. Tea will be served precisely at 10:00.

  16. glennsyank13 says: Jan 29, 2014 4:09 PM

    I’d like for a more detailed story on this. I’ve heard that it is the same injury as before, possibly even the same break line. If that is the case, what’s that mean for the likelihood of it happening again?Seems like it was suppsoedly healed already, only to fail. Sounds like it could be a career ending injury if the bone isn’t ever to heal correctly. Or maybe not. But seems like a legitimate question to be asked and answered.

  17. leatherface2012 says: Jan 29, 2014 4:13 PM

    and by week 5 it will be something else again

  18. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 29, 2014 4:13 PM

    clay is all healed up now..
    ..until he develops turf toe getting up outta bed tomorrow morning


  19. leatherface2012 says: Jan 29, 2014 4:14 PM

    maybe his mom will leave him some hot soup to soak his thumb in

  20. GenXJay says: Jan 29, 2014 4:15 PM

    If only the doctors could depressurize the air from his FatHeadĀ®

  21. deltaoracle says: Jan 29, 2014 4:23 PM

    Chad Greenway played this season?
    I know Harrison Smith missed half the season with a sore toe, but…
    Chad Greenway played this season?

  22. ariani1985 says: Jan 29, 2014 4:26 PM

    Roses are red
    clays eyes are blue
    no matter what he will never play a full season for you!

  23. deflateddome says: Jan 29, 2014 4:53 PM

    This is GREAT,. Clay will be up and snapping his neck around when runners glide by him next year. AD is glad to have you back…

  24. jjh1982 says: Jan 29, 2014 9:10 PM

    I see there is nothing to do in Minnesota again

  25. bill4544 says: Jan 31, 2014 10:30 AM

    When your season turns into a crapper slide and your two overpaid stars puke out on you, Remember The Past, all is not lost in Fudgeville .

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