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NFL: Club-handed Clay Matthews like a cat without whiskers
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Green Bay Packers pass-rushing linebacker Clay Matthews returned from a thumb injury for last Sunday's game vs. Philadelphia wearing a heavy black wrap resembling a club to protect his right hand.

The Packers did get three sacks, but Matthews was mainly neutralized by the Eagles' tricky, quick-strike offense, finishing with just two tackles and no sacks, hits or hurries on the quarterback.

The linebacker had an odd analogy for the experience of playing with a club on his hand for the first time in his life.

"It's kind of like a cat, when you cut its whiskers off, it just loses its balance," he told Packers.com. "I've never done that before, but I've heard that's what happens. That's how I felt. You have to overcome that."

According to the website, Matthews practiced much of the subsequent week with his right wrist in a cast that keeps his fingers exposed, and that he hoped to wear that in Sunday's game against the Giants.

"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," he said.

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