Clay Matthews Getting Closer to Returning

By Ryan Rodig |

Published 10/30 2013 05:53PM

Updated 10/30 2013 06:13PM

(WFRV-TV) - Clay Matthews confirmed he will have the pins removed from his surgically repaired thumb Monday, when the Packers will host the Chicago Bears.

"Obviously, it's a unique break," Matthews said of his Bennett's fracture.  "If something were to happen to the pins while playing with it, that could mean a potential for season over for me. We're being cautious and careful with this. I'll have more news when they take the pins out."

Green Bay is hoping that is good news and he can play sooner rather than later.  Matthews said he would be wearing a "club" cast when he returns to the field.

"I'm not a patient guy," Matthews said when asked about learning to be patient with injuries. "I'll never learn to be patient. It's difficult because with most rehab injuries you feel as if you're getting better and working toward something.  With this it's obviously a different case. I kind of have to wait for doctors' opinions and specific procedures in order to take the field. That's what is the most frustrating."

The Packers have won all three games that Matthews has missed, and unlike last year, the pass rush hasn't suffered since their leading pass rusher was sidelined.  Green Bay has racked up 20 sacks over the last four games.

"I've been very impressed with our team," Matthews said.  "It's not just about me, there's a bunch of other guys on this team, and they've been doing a fantastic job.  It's good to see."

As far as Matthews goes, he'd like to have played through the injury, but knows they are taking the smart road for his health for now and the future.

"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," Matthews said. "I definitely would like to push through it. I feel like I could and I'd be able to. Pain is not an issue for me. It's more so about being smart and at times I'm not the smartest.

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