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#52 LB | 6'3", 255 lbs. | Green Bay
Birth Date:May 14, 1986 (27 years old) Place of Birth:Los Angeles, CA Hometown:Agoura Hills, CA College:Southern California
Drafted:Drafted by Green Bay in 2009 (1/26).
Drafted:Drafted by Green Bay in 2009 (1/26).
|Assets:||A good-sized frame for his position and a very explosive specimen. Has superior anticipation, hits hard and has the moves and strength to make plays in the backfield. A playmaker.|
|Flaws:||Tends to be too aggressive at times and overruns some plays. Needs to refine his overall technique in zone coverage (though he's improving) to become a complete package.|
|Career Potential:||Pro Bowl linebacker.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NFL||Super Bowl||2010 (XLV - Green Bay)|
|NFL||Dick Butkus Award||2010|
|NFL||Named to play in Pro Bowl||2012 (did not play - injured), 2011, 2010 (did not play), 2009|
Movements & Injuries
|10/31/2013||Thumb injury, out.|
|10/23/2013||Thumb injury, out.|
|10/16/2013||Thumb injury, out.|
|10/09/2013||Thumb injury, out.|
|9/16/2013||Fined $15,000 by the NFL.|
|4/17/2013||Signed by the Green Bay Packers to a five-year contract extension.|
|10/21/2011||Fined $5,000 by the NFL.|
|7/30/2009||Signed by the Green Bay Packers to a five-year contract.|
|4/25/2009||Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 1st round (26th overall) in 2009.|
Clay Matthews starting to regain his form | 11/27/2013 10:12 AM
NewsClay Matthews (thumb) has ditched his club for a small cast.
Clay Matthews won't have giant club this week | 11/14/2013 8:13 AM
NewsClay Matthews is sporting a much smaller club on his right hand this week.
ImpactMatthews returned from his thumb fracture against the Redskins last week, but was largely ineffective. It looked like he was carrying around a bowling ball en route to just two tackles and no sacks. Now he's practicing with a much smaller brace ahead of this week's game against the Giants.
Clay Matthews to play with a club vs. Eagles | 11/10/2013 11:54 AM
NewsPackers OLB Clay Matthews (thumb) is active for Sunday's Week 10 game against the Eagles.
Clay Matthews on track to play vs. PHL | 11/07/2013 11:20 AM
NewsPackers OLB Clay Matthews (thumb surgery) appears on track to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles.
ImpactMatthews is expected to practice in full Thursday. If he suits up Sunday, he'll be unable to grip anything as he'll play with a club on his right hand. Matthews had three sacks, two forced fumbles and three tackles for a loss in the four games prior to his injury.
OLB Matthews attempting to practice this week | 11/05/2013 6:07 PM
NewsPackers OLB Clay Matthews (thumb surgery) will attempt to practice this week with a protective club on his hand.
Tyler Dunne on Twitter
ImpactMatthews had the pins removed from his thumb on Monday. It's unclear if he's practicing with a goal toward playing on Sunday, or returning in Week 11. As of last week, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel considered Week 11 to be Matthews' most likely return date.
Clay Matthews to return in Week 11? | 10/31/2013 12:50 AM
NewsPackers OLB Clay Matthews (thumb surgery) still isn't putting a timetable on his return.
ImpactMatthews will have the pins removed from his surgically repaired thumb this coming Monday. He won't play against the Bears. Matthews has a "Bennett fracture," which is a unique injury that could be season ending if a setback was suffered. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes November 17 against the Giants could be Matthews' most "realistic return date." That's Week 11.
Clay Matthews will get pins out Nov. 4 | 10/28/2013 8:53 AM
NewsClay Matthews will have the pins removed from his broken right thumb on Nov. 4.
ImpactMatthews broke his thumb during the Week 5 win over the Lions and is still in a cast. The Packers have proceeded to win three straight games without their dominant outside linebacker. If all goes well with rehab, it's possible Matthews could be back as soon as Week 10.
Clay Matthews has a Bennett fracture | 10/08/2013 12:03 PM
NewsPackers OLB Clay Matthews has been diagnosed with a Bennett fracture in his thumb.
Jay Glazer on Twitter
ImpactIt's a common type of fracture in a thumb -- and a serious injury. Per FOX's Jay Glazer, Matthews will need pins in his hand for four weeks following Monday's surgery. After that, he'll need some more time to heal. It doesn't sound like the Packers will have Matthews until Week 11 or 12.
Report: Packers lose Clay Matthews for month | 10/07/2013 5:10 PM
NewsESPN's Adam Schefter reports Packers OLB Clay Matthews will miss at least one month due to his fractured thumb.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ImpactIt's an enormous blow to Green Bay's defense, which will now have to scheme pressure because it lost its lone true outside pass rusher. 2012 first-round pick Nick Perry has been a major disappointment to this point in his career. Mathews had three sacks, two forced fumbles, and 18 tackles through four games. The Packers also lost ILB Brad Jones (hamstring) and LB Rob Francois (Achilles') to significant injuries in Week 5 against the Lions.
GB 'hopeful' Matthews' injury won't end year | 10/07/2013 4:18 PM
NewsPackers coach Mike McCarthy is "hopeful" Clay Matthews' broken thumb isn't a season-ending injury.
Tom Silverstein on Twitter
ImpactIn other words, there's a chance Matthews' injury is season-ending. Matthews is meeting with doctors Monday afternoon. If they recommend surgery, Matthews' year is likely through. If not, he could resume playing as early as Week 6 with a club on his hand. Matthews' status should be updated within the next 24 hours.
Clay Matthews suffers broken thumb vs. Lions | 10/06/2013 6:58 PM
NewsPackers OLB Clay Matthews suffered a broken thumb in Green Bay's Week 5 win over the Lions.
Mike Garafolo on Twitter
ImpactAccording to both FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, it's unclear if Matthews will be able to play through it. He suffered the injury late in Sunday's win. Per beat writer Tom Silverstein, the injury could require surgery, which is what would hold Matthews out. If an operation wasn't required, he would likely just play with a club on his hand. Matthews' status will be updated no later than coach Mike McCarthy's Monday presser.
Clay Matthews upgraded to 'full' on Thursday | 10/03/2013 2:49 PM
NewsClay Matthews (hamstring) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.
Rob Demovsky on Twitter
ImpactBarring a setback, Matthews will play against the Lions. It's a major bullet dodged for the Pack considering Matthews' history of hamstring issues.
Clay Matthews (hamstring) limited Wednesday | 10/02/2013 2:42 PM
NewsUpdating a previous item, Clay Matthews (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Rob Demovsky on Twitter
ImpactMatthews is working his way back from a Week 3 hamstring injury. He's considered day to day and the Packers are "hopeful" he can return to a full practice Thursday.
Clay Matthews (hamstring) doesn't practice | 10/02/2013 1:36 PM
NewsClay Matthews (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday.
Green Bay Press-Gazette
ImpactMatthews injured his hamstring in Week 3 against the Bengals, so it's not a good sign that he wasn't able to practice coming off a bye. His status is uncertain for Sunday's matchup with Detroit.
Clay Matthews says hammy injury not serious | 09/22/2013 8:45 PM
NewsClay Matthews said the hamstring injury he sustained in Sunday's loss to the Bengals is not serious.
Green Bay Press-Gazette
ImpactMatthews says he was removed from the game strictly as a precaution. "I don't see myself missing any time," he said. "We have Detroit coming back and I'll be out there." Matthews has a history of hamstring woes, so the Packers will watch him closely during their Week 4 bye.
Clay Matthews leaves game w/ hamstring injury | 09/22/2013 3:11 PM
NewsPackers OLB Clay Matthews was forced from Sunday's game against the Bengals with a hamstring injury, and is questionable to return.
Packers on Twitter
Jets only guarantee Matthews $20.5 million | 04/19/2013 2:22 PM
NewsUpdating a previous item, the only guaranteed portion of Clay Matthews' five-year, $66 million extension is his $20.5 million signing bonus.
National Football Post
ImpactThe Packers didn't guarantee any of Matthews' salary. Matthews obviously isn't going to be released in the first two years because the cap hit would be astronomical, but GM Ted Thompson could begin reassessing whether Matthews is worth retaining as soon as 2015. The contract ultimately makes Matthews the NFL's third-highest defender in terms of average annual worth -- behind only Mario Williams and Julius Peppers -- but the guaranteed money is far, far lower.
Pack ink Clay Matthews to five-year extension | 04/17/2013 2:46 PM
NewsPackers agreed to terms with LB Clay Matthews on a five-year contract extension.
Clay Matthews on Twitter
ImpactPer FOX's Jay Glazer, it's worth a "bit north" of $13 million per season. The deal will likely include more than the $40 million guaranteed DeMarcus Ware brought home in 2009. Matthews, who has 43 sacks through his first 58 NFL games, was going into the final year of his rookie contract. The deal could include a fairly sizable 2013 cap hit, as the Pack have worked diligently to keep space open this season. Next on the docket for Green Bay is Aaron Rodgers, who should sign the most lucrative contract in league history.
Report: Clay Matthews 'real close' to deal | 04/15/2013 8:49 AM
NewsNFL.com's Ian Rapoport believes the Packers and Clay Matthews are "real close" to an extension.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
ImpactMatthews and Aaron Rodgers both wanted new deals by the time Packers OTAs began on Monday, but it appears only Matthews is close. Predictably, the massive money involved has slowed down the Rodgers talks. Both players have a good shot at being extended before camp begins.
Report: Matthews will make more than $13M | 04/03/2013 2:08 PM
NewsESPN's Adam Schefter expects Clay Matthews' contract extension to pay him more than $13 million per season.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ImpactSchefter also considers a new deal of matter of when, not if. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported last week the sides were close to an agreement. The Packers could have both Matthews and Aaron Rodgers locked up long-term before the draft.
Packers close to extension with Clay Matthews | 03/28/2013 11:18 AM
NewsThe Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Packers are close to finalizing an extension with Clay Matthews.
ImpactThe Packers opened talks with Matthews at the Combine and are believed to have a deal in place. The expectation is that both Matthews and Aaron Rodgers will be signed to long-term extensions before the draft. Matthews is currently due $3.73 million this season after escalators increased his salary from $1.492 million.
Pack, Matthews ready to talk extension? | 02/19/2013 6:04 PM
NewsThe Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel expects the Packers and Clay Matthews to discuss a contract extension at the Combine.
ImpactEntering the final year of his rookie contract, Matthews is due $3.73 million after escalators increased his salary from $1.492 million. One of the league's premier defenders, Matthews could be angling to become the NFL's highest paid pass-rushing linebacker. The seven-year, $79 million contract Dallas' DeMarcus Ware signed in 2009 included $40 million guaranteed.
Clay Matthews' 2013 salary gets bump up | 01/31/2013 12:33 AM
NewsClay Matthews' 2013 salary increased from $1,492,500 to $3.73 million after he hit escalators in his rookie deal.
ImpactMatthews is entering the final year of his contract and is coming off a 13-sack campaign. He did miss four starts in 2012 with a hamstring injury, but prior to that, Matthews had missed just two games in three years since being the No. 26 overall pick in 2009. The Packers have plenty of candidates for extensions this offseason.
Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Tackles||7||at SF||Week 1||5|
|Assists||3||2 times-last:at Det||last:Week 13||3|
|Sacks||2||vs. Min||Week 12||3.5|
|Sacks Yards||12||vs. Det||Week 5||29|
|Fumble Recoveries||0||9 times-last:vs. Atl||last:Week 14||0|
|Defensive TD||0||9 times-last:vs. Atl||last:Week 14||0|
|Interceptions||0||9 times-last:vs. Atl||last:Week 14||0|
|Interceptions Yards||0||9 times-last:vs. Atl||last:Week 14||0|
|Interceptions TD||0||9 times-last:vs. Atl||last:Week 14||0|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Fumble Recoveries||3||2009 (GB)|
|FR TD||1||2009 (GB)|
|Interceptions Yards||62||2010 (GB)|
|Interceptions TD||1||2 times-last: 2011 (GB)|