Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews shared several previously unpublished revelations in an interview with Tom Pelissero of USA Today, published on Wednesday.
Perhaps most interesting was Matthews' thoughts on his twice-broken thumb last season and the surgery it took to correct it.
It started with rigorous physical therapy three times a week, just because the way in which I injured it wasn't like a typical break. We had to treat it more like a soft tissue injury — like an ACL or something — because it required manipulating the tendon and drilling holes in bones and this and that. I asked my team doctor, 'When's the last time you've seen this injury in the NFL?' Couldn't name one. That's why when you deal with (people saying), 'Brett Favre played with a broken thumb.' My thumb was out here! There's no way he could even grip a ball! I have a good picture I can show anyone of my hand after surgery. It honestly looks like I got a shark attack.
It's called a tendon transfer. I broke it (the first time), and they did a closed-pin reduction. (The thumb) was dislocated, so they put it back in there. The bones line up, but it was a real small piece of the bone. So, everything was fine. I was coming out, I was working hard, and I was in a cast. And unfortunately, on a sack of (Ben) Roethlisberger (on Dec. 22), the tip of my thumb (hit) my teammate's helmet. All that pressure went down the cast, broke it again. So then, to make it tighter, we took part of the tendon, turned it around, drilled some holes and they almost tied a knot through. It's stronger than (the left one). Now it's super tight.
Matthews 75 to 80 percent recovered and is confident that he'll be fine by the start of the regular season, but with the team's offseason program starting next week (Apr. 22), it stands to reason that Matthews may not be taking part fully in all activities.
As part of a Q&A session, Matthews also shared his thoughts on playing with Julius Peppers and how it may open up opportunities for himself, the direction the team's defense is taking and the challenge of becoming the franchise's all-time sack leader, among many more topics.
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