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Clay Matthews Re-Breaks Thumb

It's not looking good on the Clay Matthews injury front.

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Point Packer's picture

Clay Mathews has many upsides. Durability, is not one of them.

This sucks.

Pack Fan in FIB Land's picture

You can't blame a thumb injury on durability. That can happen to any player that steps onto the field.

Evan's picture

To say nothing of the fact that it wasn't fully healed. Reinjury was always a risk and he toughed it out for the team.

I can only imagine the bs people would be spewing at Clay had he been sitting out this whole time, waiting for his thumb to be 100%.

Point Packer's picture

How about the yearly hamstring injury - can I blame that on durability?

Evan's picture

Yes.

The TKstinator's picture

Same page amigo.

Albert Lingerfeld's picture

Ya to go along with his play. On that injury it was the first time in a long long time, I personally saw him make a solo play. He has been handled by bigger stronger O linemen and is playing the wrong position, DOM.
Vic C said it best, the Pack like Dom and the 3-4 because you don't have to go out and pay defensive ends the big bucks, let a linebacker play that roll and save the money.
Urlacker could have done it but look at all the stops that would not have been made up the middle with him missing.

Digital Tucker is he real's picture

lets see: cobb, rodgers, matthews, lacy, jolly- bulaga, finley and 10 more and people will bitch about our coaches

Randy's picture

Digital Trucker--Thanks for being a voice of reasonableness in a sea of irrational wannabe GM's.

Sir Cheese's picture

I completely agree that the fire everybody approach is ridiculous . However, I feel maybe the message from Capers has gone stale as is the trend with him. Our defense seems to lack consistent toughness and physicality. I've also noticed that offenses have screen calls timed perfectly against us. Our blitz packages are predictable and maybe a fresh start is necessary. It all really depends what DC's will be available next year. It's a little out there but if the Jets fired Rex Ryan and he was available as a DC, I think he could bring an edge to our D that we haven't seen since the SB run.

Sir Cheese's picture

Oh, M.D. Jennings doesn't help Capers cause......so terrible

Evan's picture

Yes. Nagler is driving the Rex train and I'm on board.

Idiot Fan's picture

Me too.

cLowNEY42's picture

Things like that don't happen with the Packers.

Evan's picture

A man can dream...

Though I'd say Capers was just as big a "name" as Rex, at least in football circles. Now Rex's personality probably isn't a fit with MM.

Stroh's picture

I get the appeal for Rex. Problem is I don't think he would accept a DC position nor do I think he would toe the company line and keep his mouth shut enough. McCarthy wouldn't stand for his type of brash talk and Rex wouldn't agree to shut up enough to allow it.

The TKstinator's picture

I think you're right. But there have got to be some younger defensive coaches around the league that come from the same style of defense that Rex does.

Sir Cheese's picture

Yeah the personalities may not mix at first glance, but I think McCarthy and Ryan are both passionate no bs coaches that could find a way to work together.

Stroh's picture

TheTK... I'm totally fine w/ finding a younger leader to hire as the DC. Rex has plenty of good qualities as a DC, but restraint isn't one of them. He's like his old man that way. Just doesn't know when to keep quiet. All his braggadocio doesn't help his players and put them in situations to succeed IMO. He had plenty to do w/ Sanchez bombing and I'd bet he'll do the same w/ Gino Smith next, just to name a couple.

tundravision's picture

I don't know if durability is the issue. He's an every-down player and caught a bad break with an injury that maybe....maybe.....he shouldn't have rushed back from. From what I've read about a Bennett's Fracture, its nothing you want to roll the dice with or you can suffer some pretty rotten long-term consequenes.

Derek in CO's picture

His hamstrings have been issues since he was drafted.

Stroh's picture

I've had a Bennetts fracture on my Right thumb. If it isn't fixed you would lose the function of the thumb eventually. I had a cast for over a month and a brace for a couple weeks. I don't know if Matthews had a bone graft on his first break, I doubt it, since I didn't. But my guess is after the re-break he will or has had surgery and might get a bone graft this time. It'll mean a longer recovery after surgery but it should help the bone heal more completely.

I had a bone graft when I broke my wrist. Usually take the bone graft from the prominent hip bone. After a bone graft surgery I was in a cast for 2 mon past the elbow and another month mid forearm.

The Bennetts fracture itself isn't such a problem as long as its repaired correctly. Again its possible Matthews gets a graft this time to ensure complete recovery.

The TKstinator's picture

I already offered a tibia to Sherrod, a clavicle to 12 and heck I'm sure I've got enough left over for 52 to take whatever he needs.

Stroh's picture

LOL... Your just a donating fool. I think we would all donate a little something for the cause if it kept the players on the field and out of the training room.

Derek in CO's picture

The second I saw him hold his arm the way he did after he got up, I texted my buddy and said he re-broke the thumb. Man, the guy just can't stay healthy. He probably didn't want to have a more protective cast on it and it bit him in the ass.

Jayme Snowden's picture

As soon as it happened, I curled up a little. Imagined his thumb once again dislocated from his hand and the trainers unable to get to it to either reset or place it in a less painful way because of the cast he was wearing. Can't imagine that pain. Staring down at it, re-broken and having to cut the first cast off first.

A_Lerxst_in_Packerland's picture

Makes me wince just thinking about it.

Sum Ding Wong's picture

I thought Stafford was a china doll for having two broken collarbones but he came around and played two seasons without injury.
Mathews looks like he may be a china doll. 5 games this season so far not included Sunday or the pre season, and what 4 or 5 games last year?
You almost can't plan on this guy being there.
We will just put the mighty Datone J in that spot and he will lead the charge for us. After all he was a number one for Ted, lets see him prove it on the field now. Perry can help take up the slack too or is he hurt again????

cLowNEY42's picture

12, 52, & 18 (probably the 3 best players on the team) have only played 4 games together all season.

Bummer.

RunAndHyde's picture

My concern is 27...

cLowNEY42's picture

Mine too... but I think Starks can carry the load vs. the Bears.

RunAndHyde's picture

Yeah but he's not very durable either....the two of em in there is what we need.

Idiot Fan's picture

Agreed. The defense has issues, but this team would be waaaay better with those three out there.

4thand1's picture

12, 52, 27, 87, 88, 18 in that order.JMO

The TKstinator's picture

Next man up is a bunch of crap. Coachspeak. Take any team and pluck off this many of their best players and watch the results. Any team would suffer, not just GB.

RC Packer Fan's picture

exactly.

How would Seattle do without Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, and Richard Sherman?

Next man works ok for average to good players, but it doesn't work with your best players.

White92's picture

yep. Those guys are backups for a reason..they aren't as good as your starter. Enough injuries and pretty soon you arent the same team..

The TKstinator's picture

But I also understand why coaches and players have to say this "can't use injuries as an excuse" nonsense.

Could you imagine the reaction if MM said, "Yeah well, we've lost Rodgers, Matthews, Bulaga, Finley, Hayward, Cobb, Jolly, and Harris, so we're screwed. We'll still give it our best shot every week but don't hold your breath. Chances are we'll lose more games than we'll win."

So the team spews this baloney and the fans listen to it but we all know there is a bunch of nodding and winking going on. Hell, personally I hope for the best but I don't EXPECT it. I can't get upset when the JV team gets beat. That's just the reality of it.

4thand1's picture

I can't believe the people that have ragged on CM this year. He was playing great, broke his thumb, came back with a club then a cast. Try doing shit with a cast on one hand. Then you hear shit like, oh he wasn't doing much anyway. Every team game plans for him. Broke his thumb twice while making a big play. You people suck.

RunAndHyde's picture

It's not ragging on him ...its just statistics. All packer fans love clay .

Sum Ding Wong's picture

I disagree. Frisco had one O linemen handle him the whole game. He never got near Kaperdink in any game except the late hit out of bounds.
I'm not down on the guy, I'm down on him playing defensive end. I would love to see his speed and tenacity in the middle where he belongs. They are playing him wrong. Not his fault.

Nononsense's picture

You have a very selective memory, Clay had a very clean sack of Kaepernick in week 1 before the hit out of bounds but hey lets not let facts get in the way of the point your trying to make.

Eric Jefcoat's picture

We are the only team in America that has players get injured from sacking the quarterback!! Ridiculous.

cLowNEY42's picture

Twice.

Fred's picture

Happened to Perry at least once, too. So three times, at least.

The TKstinator's picture

No, I'm sure we are not.

4thand1's picture

Merry Christmas to one and all, even the trolls, may you get a nice fat billy goat under yer bridge.

Bart's picture

Big CM3 fan here. He plays with a passion that more Packers could use a dose of. I wish him the best and hope for a healthier 2014. Will we ever get our OLBs and OTs healthy? Just confirms that we need to go BPA in the draft. I wouldn't complain with another OLB or OT if they can stay on the field.

4thand1's picture

So with CMIII reinjuring his thumb, it makes the organization look pretty smart right now not taking a chance with Rodgers.

Lynn Anklam's picture

We don't play Rodgers because we don't want to get him hurt but we throw Matthews out there with a busted thumb and a small protective cast? Huh?

Packer Patrick's picture

Thumbs and fingers are tricky. "Big Ben" is tough to bring down and I am sure that did not help bringing down a big man by just a hand.

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