Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/26 -- Clay Matthews, LB, 6-3, 245, Southern California...As tickled as Ted Thompson was to have Raji slide to the Packers early in Round 1, the general manager eagerly wanted Matthews to fill another missing piece in the new defensive scheme. Hence, Thompson mortgaged the rest of Green Bay's first half of the draft -- a second-round pick (No. 41) and two third-round choices (Nos. 73 and 83) -- to go up to get the all-around playmaker that is Matthews. More than having strong NFL bloodlines, Matthews is a ready-made starter at right outside linebacker with his combination of tenacious run defense, unbridled pass rush off the edge and improving coverage skills. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Clay Matthews News
07/27/14 - OLB Clay Matthews was on the field and an active participant for the first practice of training camp Saturday. The defensive standout wore a brace on his right hand to protect his right thumb, on which he had surgery twice for fractures last season. Matthews, who didn't take part in the team's offseason workouts this spring, lined up opposite veteran newcomer Julius Peppers as the starting outside linebackers in Saturday's practice.
01/07/14 - OLB Clay Matthews was the only Green Bay player who didn't suit up for the 23-20 wild-card playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday because of injury. Matthews missed a second straight game as he recovered from a second surgery for the fractured right thumb he reinjured in Week 16 of the regular season.
01/06/14 - OLB Clay Matthews was the only Green Bay player who didn't suit up for the 23-20 wild-card playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday because of injury. Matthews missed a second straight game as he recovered from a second surgery for the fractured right thumb he reinjured in Week 16 of the regular season.
01/01/14 - OLB Clay Matthews (thumb) on Wednesday was officially ruled out for the 49ers game. Matthews is recovering from surgery done last week for the broken right thumb he reinjured in the Dec. 22 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Undrafted rookie Andy Mulumba, who was productive in the win at Chicago to end the regular season last Sunday, could make a second straight start in Matthews' absence at right-side outside linebacker.
12/30/13 - OLB Clay Matthews (thumb) won't play in the first-round playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Head coach Mike McCarthy announced Monday that Matthews is "out for this week." Although there's speculation Matthews will miss the rest of the season after reinjuring a broken right thumb that required a second surgery last week, McCarthy indicated the team will keep the defensive standout on the 53-man roster. Undrafted rookie Andy Mulumba started in Matthews' absence in the 33-28 win at the Chicago Bears to end the regular season Sunday.