Clay Matthews recovers to play against Lions
Matthews came out of the game prematurely during the third quarter when the Green Bay Packers played Cincinnati Bengals on September 22. The decision turned out to be a good one as he did not risk injuring it more and gave it some time to heal and has now recovered sufficiently to hit the field again.
Matthews is very protective of his hamstrings and has a lengthy list of procedures he follows every time he gets his hamstrings injured. And that is quite often. Since being drafted by the Packers in 2009, he has consecutively suffered hamstring injury in at least one leg consecutively every year.
Matthews added that he wouldn’t be playing full time and would probably rotate to refrain from overexerting himself and risking return of his injury.
“I think I need to be smart, not only for me personally coming off the Cincinnati game, but also just the longevity of the season. We’re only in Week 4,” the outside linebacker said. I thought we were doing a good job of that leading up to the Cincinnati game, spelling a few reps here and there for Mike (Neal), so we’ll see how it comes. But ultimately I plan on being out there and helping this team.”
Having a long list to be safe is actually good. When a hamstring is injured again and again, scar tissue develops which is not as flexible as healthy tissue. Matthews humorously said that a hamstring transplant might be just the answer to his injuries.
“It doesn’t happen in the same spot. It’s been all over. You talk about it keeps reinjuring, but I’ve had it in my left, I’ve had it in my right, I’ve had it high (on the leg), I’ve had it low, so I don’t know,” he said. I try to do everything they tell you to do, whether it’s hydration, sleep, eating habits, lifting habits, conditioning. I’ve done everything on the check list, and I keep adding to that check list in the offseason.
Matthews talked about what he was doing now to help his injury heal faster.
“Now we’re starting on glute activation as far as making your glutes fire before your hamstring. We’re always trying to figure it out. But that’s the issue with soft tissue damage,” he said. “With a broken bone, you understand how you got it; a torn knee you understand how you got it. With muscles, you don’t have a definite answer.”