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Matthews taking a different approach to this offseason

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Clay Matthews was a full participant when organized team activities began last month, but since the first week he’s done almost nothing in practice. Though Matthews wouldn’t say if something specific bothered him, citing only “fatigue,” he did say that after dealing with chronic hamstring pulls in training camps past he and the Packers medical staff are taking a different approach to this offseason. That means he probably will treat the remaining two days of minicamp just like he did today, when he went through only the jog-through period without a helmet and then watched the rest of practice. “You have a little fatigue here and there, but I feel good now,” Matthews said. “I’m ready when they are, but you have to understand from a medical standpoint that we have to be smart because we haven’t had the best of luck in years prior.” In an effort to avoid the problems that have slowed Matthews at the start of seasons past, he is taking some time off now, although he said he planned to continue to work out between now and the start of training camp on July 26. “I just think we need to be smart,” Matthews said. “I’m a guy who doesn’t know his own limitations and sometimes I push myself past the point of exhaustion. Mentally, I don’t have a breaking point, but my body does, so we’re just being smart right now.”  

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