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Matthews set to have pins removed from thumb

Oct. 30, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews moves in to execute a sack against Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford.
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews moves in to execute a sack against Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford. / File/Gannett Wisconsin Media

Clay Matthews will have the pins removed from his surgically repaired right thumb next Monday before the Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.

After that point, the Packers four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker said hell likely play with a club whenever doctors clear him to return to the field, which could come as early as a Nov. 10 game against Philadelphia

When Matthews first sustained the injury on a sack of Matthew Stafford in a 22-9 win over Detroit earlier this month, he thought he might be able to return for the fourth quarter before the X-rays indicated a Bennetts fracture, which required surgery.

I was all for it (playing), but there was no way around it with (what) these doctors were telling me the possible risks were as well as future life after football as far as my hand and what could happen, said Matthews on Wednesday. I definitely would like to push through it. I feel like I could and Id be able to. Pain is not an issue for me. Its more so about being smart and at times Im not the smartest.

Here's what else Matthews had to say during Wednesday's media access:

On being impressed on the defenses performance without him:
Ive been very impressed with our team. Its not just about me. Theres a bunch of other guys on this team and theyve been doing a fantastic job, specifically speaking on defense, getting pressure on the quarterback. Obviously, doing a great job of keeping points off the board, which is clearly evident by how we played last week. Obviously, there was a little bit of a letup, which we need to correct that weve given up some touchdowns in the fourth quarter this year, but ultimately weve been doing a great job. Its good to see.

On having the pins removed on Monday:
Yeah, the rumors are true. They come out on Monday and well take it from there. It feels good. Obviously, its a unique break, and like Ive said, in that if something were to happen to the pins while playing with it that could mean a potential for season (being) over for me. Were being cautious and careful with this. Ill have more news when they take the pins out.

On feeling a rush to get back:
I feel a rush to get back from within, but winning definitely helps. I have to be smart. The doctors are being very smart and cautious with me, as well, so well see. Its obviously very frustrating but Ill try and be back there as soon as I can.

On having to learn to be patient:
Im not a patient guy as you guys are well aware. Ill never learn to be patient. Its difficult because with most rehab injuries you feel as if youre getting better and working toward something, but with this its obviously a different case. I kind of have to wait for doctors opinions and specific procedures in order to take the field. Thats what is the most frustrating.

Did you feel it when it occurred:
When you break a bone in your hand, especially with the adrenaline running, you dont really feel it until afterwards when the pain kicks in, but pain is not an issue as far as playing through it. Ive played through a number of injuries. Ive got a great pain threshold. Its about being smart and what Im capable of doing at this position, too, its difficult with one hand. Ill deal with that when Im able to club it up and come back, but for the time being were praying for the best and hoping my body heals up on time and get back out there and help this team out.

How did it happen?
I have no idea to be honest with you. I think it took an awkward hit and unfortunately it just broke, so thats that.

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