Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Clay Matthews expects to be healthy for Green Bay Packers training camp

Linebacker Clay Matthews doesn’t believe he’ll put in much work (at least on the field) during Green Bay Packers OTA’s, but come training camp, the Pro Bowl talent expects to be just fine.

Recovering from breaking his thumb twice (and having two separate operations), Matthews suggested that he wants to keep himself healthy and isn’t going to do anything silly to further risk injury as he recovers.

It’s been getting better, so I have no doubt. Obviously, OTAs will probably be one thing. I can’t imagine I’ll be too heavily involved with some of the stuff. I’m sure I can do stuff here and there. But yeah, we risked it once, and unfortunately, it didn’t pay off.

It’s a sentiment the Packers likely share as well as they’re likely not wanting to push Matthews any further than need be, especially right now.

Coming off a solid 2013 campaign, the hope is that the addition of Julius Peppers will give Matthews a bit more freedom on the field this season as he’s not as likely to be double (and at times triple) teamed.

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  • Peter Maiz

    Well, it’s funny how a thumb injury can be so dangerous, indeed, even devastating. If Matthews can’t grab, he can’t play. Any other finger on the hand would not prove troublesome, even losing a finger can keep your NFL career going, but not the thumb. It is essential to grasp with. So I’m pretty worried for Matthews. It would be a pity that one of the great athletes playing football right now were to lose his career over a broken thumb.