Sunday, October 13, 2013
Long recovery timetable for Matthews?
By Tom Carpenter
According to multiple reports, the broken thumb sustained by Clay Matthews is a Bennett's fracture, which is a complicated injury that could affect Matthews' grip for the rest of his life if he doesn't let it fully heal following surgery. So as much as he might want to return to the field as quickly as possible, it may not be in his best long-term interest to do so.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel spoke with three doctors, who haven't treated Matthews, for their opinions on the expected recovery time for such an injury.
"All three said the recovery time is usually six weeks, but since they have no direct knowledge of Matthews' injury, they couldn't predict when he would be cleared to play. McCarthy said he was told Matthews could return in as soon as three weeks, but ultimately it will be team physician Patrick McKenzie's decision," he wrote. "When he returns, Matthews will have to wear a cast or brace on his hand."
It sounds like a decision on Matthews' return to game action will come down to more than just whether he can play through the pain and be effective. Considering that he just signed a six-year, $69.7 million contract early this year, both Matthews and the Green Bay Packers should give heavy weight to his long-term health when deciding when it's safe to put him back on the field.