Clay Matthews LB GB 1 Month

Clay Matthews (thumb) says he's not quite 100 percent yet, but was active for the start of training camp.

Matthews, who broke his right thumb twice in three months and undergone a Tommy John-esque surgery on it, was wearing a splint as practice opened. By the time the real games start in six weeks, he expects to have his full grip back and resume his dominating role in Dom Capers' scheme. Despite the injuries, Matthews has 20.5 sacks in his last 23 games.

Clay Matthews LB GB 3 Months

Clay Matthews (thumb) is sitting out OTAs, but expects to be ready for training camp.

"I'm doing everything I can to get out there as soon as I can," Matthews said. "I don't see there being any hindrance towards the beginning of the season, towards camp. But obviously I am speaking a few months in advance." Matthews' injury was an aggravation of an earlier one, so there's no way he'll return to the practice field before the Pack are certain the issue is behind him.

Clay Matthews LB GB 5 Months

Clay Matthews (thumb) admitted he probably won't do much at OTAs but fully expects to be ready for training camp.

"I can't imagine I'll be too heavily involved with some of the stuff (at OTAs)," Matthews said. "I'm sure I can do stuff here and there. But yeah, we risked it once." Matthews broke his thumb twice last season and underwent two separate surgeries, so the Packers are going to ease him back. With Julius Peppers in the fold, Matthews also expects to see fewer double-teams in 2014.

Clay Matthews LB GB 5 Months

Speaking Tuesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Clay Matthews' surgically-repaired thumb has "knitted together well," and isn't expected to be an issue in 2014.

Matthews' 2013 was twice derailed by a "Bennett's fracture," but time has apparently healed all wounds. Two months shy of his 28th birthday, Matthews enters 2014 with 50 sacks across 69 career games.

Clay Matthews LB GB 7 Months

Clay Matthews had the pins removed from his right thumb Friday.

Matthews likely would have been able to play in the Super Bowl if the Packers had made it. Instead, he's now focusing on getting the thumb he broke twice in three months back to 100 percent. Matthews, still just 27 years old, will be near lock to bounce back in 2014. He has 20.5 sacks in his last 23 games.

Clay Matthews LB GB 8 Months

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (thumb surgery) has been ruled out for the Wild Card round.

Get used to this. Matthews didn't even travel with the Packers to Soldier Field in Week 17, and is out indefinitely. With Nick Perry benched again, Green Bay wound up starting Mike Neal and Andy Mulumba at outside linebacker.

Clay Matthews LB GB 8 Months

Packers OLB Clay Matthews has undergone surgery on his re-fractured thumb.

He's been ruled out for Week 17 against the Bears, and is questionable to play in the playoffs after missing four regular season games with the same injury. The Packers will have to manufacture pressure by blitzing without their top pass rusher, which can leave an already shaky secondary vulnerable in the air.

Clay Matthews LB GB 8 Months

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (thumb) has been ruled out for Week 17.

Green Bay will be minus its top pass rusher in Sunday's clash with the Bears, which will decide the NFC North champion. On paper, at least, it's a nice setup for Jay Cutler to have a productive game. The Packers were struggling in pass defense even more losing Matthews to a re-fracture of the thumb injury that cost him four full games in October and early November.

Clay Matthews LB GB 8 Months

The NFL Network confirms Clay Matthews re-broke his thumb in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Matthews wasn't able to cast up and play last time, missing a month after his Oct. 6 Bennett's fracture. It looks like the four-time Pro Bowler's season is now done with a team-leading 7.5 sacks. "The training staff didn't feel very good about the injury," coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.

Clay Matthews LB GB 8 Months

The thumb injury Clay Matthews sustained Sunday is an aggravation of his Oct. 6 Bennett's fracture.

Packers beat reporters are already calling Matthews extremely unlikely for the Week 17 showdown with the Bears. "I couldn't give you a timeline but I think based off the history of what happened the first time, I'm told it's similar to the repeat injury," coach Mike McCarthy said. Matthews missed a full month after his original fracture.