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.