Linebacker Clay Matthews missed week 16 and the wildcard loss to the San Francisco 49ers due to a re-injured right thumb. According to Yahoo! Sports, Matthews had the pins placed in his thumb removed. Matthews’ injury initially happened in week five against the Detroit Lions and then again one week before the regular season concluded.
“I need to get healthy,” Matthews told FOXSports.com on Tuesday. “Rehab my thumb and get it back to 100 percent so that way there is no setback starting next season.”
It has been three seasons since Matthews and the Packers were last Super Bowl Champions with injuries taking control of their star players’ fate. Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb and Matthews all missed time in 2013. For Matthews, he is ready and wants nothing holding him back.
“Little exercises as far as finger mobility,” Matthews said. “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.”