Packers lose Rodgers to injury, may get Matthews back soon
No need to say this but hands are very important to dodge an offensive tackle or to tackle a running back. With a cast on his, Matthews can’t practice much.
"Obviously you need to have great hands, and you know when you take one away it definitely hinders your game a little bit," Matthews said. "We'll take it day-by-day, but it's getting better."
Chances are that their other star, linebacker Clay Matthews will be returning to the field when they face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at the Lambeau Field. Even so, it is up to the medical staff to clear him and the coach to play him in the game.
"I think so. You know obviously it's going to be coach's decision, but you know, I'd like to be out there," Matthews said. "So I'm just trying to get ready to help out in any way which I can."
If Matthews returns to the field, he will be a great asset to the team and will help balance the loss of Rodgers, who sustained a fractured collarbone on Monday when the Packers went up against their arch nemesis, the Chicago Bears.
"It's time for other positions to elevate their game and really carry this team ... until he comes back," said Matthews.
The Packers are short on healthy linebackers with Nate Palmer being the only one uninjured. Matthews did attend practice session on Thursday but his performance was limited. Mike Neal, Nick Perry and Andy Mulumba, who are the other three outside linebackers were also limited for the practice owing to injuries.
For now, Matthews is restricted to a cast on his right hand that he thoroughly dislikes.
"It does not feel good. I've just got to get used to playing, you know a little more with one hand and obviously being comfortable with throwing it in there," Matthews said. "So I'm taking baby steps in coming back to practice."