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52 Clay Matthews OLB

Green Bay Packers

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Clay Matthews looking to prove his durability
by Larry Hartstein |

Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews has played a full season just once, as a rookie in 2009. After missing seven games last year with a fractured thumb and half of another game with a hamstring injury, Matthews is under the gun in 2014.

"He has to show that he can line up and stay healthy," linebackers coach Winston Moss told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Matthews said during OTAs that he's "feeling good."

"It's been a long offseason obviously with the surgeries and the rehab and the physical therapy and all that," he said. 'But it's definitely coming along. ... I don't see there being any hindrance toward the beginning of the season, toward camp. We'll keep getting stronger and hopefully by that time be ready to roll."

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Clay Matthews says it's thumbs up for training camp
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said he's diligently rehabbing his injured thumb, comparing it to a torn ACL rather than a typical bone break. As part of the injury he also had surgery on his forearm, which got damaged when he re-injured the thumb late last season. But he told USA Today that he'll be ready for the start of training camp, though he'll miss offseason workouts. 

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Clay Matthews: Thumb injury won't linger
by Larry Hartstein |

Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who broke his right thumb twice in 2013, said the injury won't hamper him in 2014.

“It’s been doing well," Matthews said in a radio interview, per "I’ve been getting physical therapy three times a week. I’ve been able to work out with a few limitations, but from talking with the doctors there shouldn’t be any limitations once next season rolls around.

"It’s just been a pain because obviously you look at it, it’s just a broken thumb. But it’s such an aggravating injury for a pass-rusher, especially in the manner in which I did it twice and having to have it surgically repaired twice, it doesn’t make it for an easy offseason in recovery.” 

Matthews was held to 7.5 sacks in 11 games last season.

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Pins removed from Clay Matthews' broken thumb
by Larry Hartstein |

Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews had the pins removed from his surgically repaired right thumb last week, reports Fox Sports. "I need to get healthy," Matthews said. "Rehab my thumb and get it back to 100 percent so that way there is no setback starting next season."

Matthews broke the thumb for the second time Week 16. 

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Dom Capers set to return as defensive coordinator
by Larry Hartstein |

It looks like Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers will return for his sixth season. Coach Mike McCarthy twice called Capers an "outstanding football coach" during his season-ending news conference.

Green Bay ranked 25th in yards allowed (372.2), 24th in points allowed (26.8) and 25th in opposing passer rating (95.9). The Packers forced 22 turnovers (11 fumbles, 11 interceptions), well below Capers' 33.3 average in Green Bay, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Green Bay played much of the season without two of its biggest playmakers, linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb) and cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring), and the run defense collapsed down the stretch.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2009Green Bay Packers165137.01410000.0007
2010Green Bay Packers156054.0613.516262.06214
2011Green Bay Packers155037.013634715.73819
2012Green Bay Packers124332.01113000.0003
2013Green Bay Packers114126.0157.5000.0001
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2009Green Bay Packers16001034631
2010Green Bay Packers1500200000
2011Green Bay Packers1500300000
2012Green Bay Packers1200100000
2013Green Bay Packers1100300000
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