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Clay Matthews won’t need shoulder surgery

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Clay Matthews played through a painful separated shoulder last season, an injury which cut into his playing time and production.

But they’re not going to cut into him to fix it.

According to Rob Demovsky of, Matthews won’t need surgery to fix the damage after checking with specialists.

“I think he’s out of the woods,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I know there was a period of time where they were [considering surgery]. Last time we talked, [team physician Dr.] Pat McKenzie thought he was out of the woods and wasn’t going to need surgery.”

That’s good news for Matthews and the Packers, allowing him to spend the offseason doing on-field work instead of rehabbing. And since they may not know for some time what position he’ll play this year, that will help.

He’s bounced between outside and inside linebacker because of injuries to others, and it’s likely he’ll continue to play both. He missed four games last year with a hamstring injury, and had just one sack in the final five games after the shoulder injury.

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27 Responses to “Clay Matthews won’t need shoulder surgery”
  1. truthbetold109 says: Mar 3, 2017 11:37 AM

    When healthy, he is a beast. He needs to get the hamstring and shoulder problems under control. If he does the vikings OL and QB will be pissing themselves.

  2. superbowl45champs says: Mar 3, 2017 11:44 AM

    Great! The top notch medical staff the GBP ALWAYS seem to be spot on when making medical decisions with players. I’m sure by the 2nd week of the season CMIII won’t be complaining of shoulder pain along with his annual hammy….

  3. allight59 says: Mar 3, 2017 11:53 AM

    31 years old, different injury every year….stick a fork in him…no secondary, now no linebackers (perry will bolt with FA)…poor sub 500 Packer team and fans…

  4. irishgary says: Mar 3, 2017 11:59 AM

    @allight59 says:
    Mar 3, 2017 11:53 AM

    31 years old, different injury every year….stick a fork in him…no secondary, now no linebackers (perry will bolt with FA)…poor sub 500 Packer team and fans…

    This is your annual prediction which is always wrong, but if you predict enough it may eventually right. Now if you were to predict a Vikings Super Bowl, you will never be right.

  5. ariani1985 says: Mar 3, 2017 12:01 PM

    Fabio is easily the most overrated LB in all of football. 18 million is a lot of money for a guy who collected 22 tackles last year!!! 22!!! Yes, 22!!! There are some LB’s in the league who tally this in 2 games!!!! You cheese heads wonder why year in and year out your defense is absolute garbage!!! Well look here trolls!!

  6. 4gone says: Mar 3, 2017 12:05 PM

    Wait…he has shoulders under that hair???

  7. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 3, 2017 12:06 PM

    Same purples, same drivel.

  8. originate421 says: Mar 3, 2017 12:08 PM

    Washed up steroid user who wasn’t good enough to play on his dad’s high school team. Apparently it took him until he was 20 to “grow” into his neck. But boy, he sure does have pretty Whiskey Tango hair.

  9. denverscott says: Mar 3, 2017 12:15 PM

    You’d think that that’s something you would have checked like day one of the off-season.

  10. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Mar 3, 2017 12:19 PM

    Obvious roid puppy

  11. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 3, 2017 12:22 PM


    Best nickname in the NFL.

    These Superbowl pedigreed players will always be held in higher esteem once they have climbed that mountain. It is the ultimate accomplishment. And nothing can ever take that away from them.

  12. h0metownzero says: Mar 3, 2017 12:24 PM

    I doubt that Clay lets the whining of a few Viking peasants bother him.

  13. originate421 says: Mar 3, 2017 12:24 PM

    Packer fans beat their wives 500% more than normal when packers lose.

  14. originate421 says: Mar 3, 2017 12:25 PM

    WI is the fattest state in America

  15. ariani1985 says: Mar 3, 2017 12:39 PM

    His forehead has its own zip code!

  16. originate421 says: Mar 3, 2017 12:43 PM

    Does Hometownzero mean that his hometown ranks zero on a scale of 1-10? Or, does it mean that he has zero class class and intelligence and he has never been outside of his hometown?

  17. h0metownzero says: Mar 3, 2017 12:48 PM

    Geez – why so angry, Viking fans?

  18. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 3, 2017 12:51 PM

    Dang. The Viking peasants are livid today. Why so angry?

  19. punkyqb says: Mar 3, 2017 12:51 PM

    Roids are good stuff

  20. purpleguy says: Mar 3, 2017 12:53 PM

    You gotta admit that he took one hell of a hit on that borderline cheap shot that caused the injury.

  21. ariani1985 says: Mar 3, 2017 12:54 PM

    You would think that after what the roads did to Reggie you would like to think that the owners would be warning Fabio also?

  22. coachjoev says: Mar 3, 2017 2:57 PM

    Clay… you were a beast 6 years ago. Now, at 31, just be a baller. Stay on the inside, it’s where you play best.

  23. islandpackfan says: Mar 3, 2017 4:39 PM

    This guy has not been even an average LB since the NFL started testing specifically for HGH. Is it coincidence that his career has tanked since then?

  24. ariani1985 says: Mar 3, 2017 7:51 PM

    Can’t wait to hear from frankie booth on this excuse!

  25. outlawshark says: Mar 3, 2017 8:40 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Mar 3, 2017 12:48 PM

    Geez – why so angry, Viking fans?

    That’s easy, the word is “jealousy”.
    This decade, the Packers and Vikings have played 15 times. The Vikings have won exactly 3 times. The overall score has been 449-285. That is an average of 30-19, even with the Viking wins. Crushing the Vikings 31-3 in Minnesota on the Packers’ way to a Super Bowl victory in 2010 (and sending Favre on to his retirement) was too much for the Viking fans. They have been out of whack ever since.

  26. jbvikes says: Mar 3, 2017 8:57 PM

    He’s a pretty good LB but for what they pay him, he’s stealing!

  27. jimmysee says: Mar 4, 2017 8:36 PM

    Wow. You’d think the Vikings actually won something given all the loose blathering coming from up north.

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