On Nov. 13, fellow LombardiAve writer, Dan Dahlke, wrote that Clay Matthews was practicing without a club on his hand. On the 14th, packers.com writer Mike Spofford reported that Matthews is not only practicing without a club on his hand, but is expecting to play on Sunday without the club.
According to Spofford, Matthews has been practicing in a cast that only covers his wrist, leaving his fingers free. This would be a major upgrade from the club that Matthews wore against the Eagles.
When asked about the new and improved cast, a “smiling” Matthews said this:
Yes, that will leave my fingers free, which means more sacks and more tackles.
More sacks and more tackles is something that is definitely an urgent need on this Packers defense. Even Mike McCarthy had to acknowledge the fact that the defense needs to get back to the fundamentals.
On a defense where three starters and three reserves are listed as questionable for Sunday, just about anything Matthews can offer will help. This is especially true if this new cast can help Matthews back into his normal form.
Matthews spoke on returning to his regular state of play after playing with the club, saying:
It’s kind of like a cat, when you cut its whiskers off, it just loses its balance. I’ve never done that before, but I’ve heard that’s what happens. That’s how I felt. You have to overcome that. So I’m hoping with my fingers back, I’ll be like a feline who got his whiskers back, and I’ll be able to be more spry out there.
Hopefully, the cat-like Matthews will be able to play with his new wrist-cast on Sunday, and help this defense put together a solid game after playing like what is left in a liter box.