BBAO: Clay Matthews reveals 2010 injury

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Remember all of those weeks last season when the Green Bay Packers listed linebacker Clay Matthews with a shin injury on their weekly report? That injury, Matthews revealed in an interview with Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, was actually a stress fracture.

Matthews: "I don't make a big deal of it. [It happened] some time in the middle of the season. You can't do anything about it. I was just taking practices off and showing up on game day and giving it my all."

The injury might have slowed Matthews' production in the middle of the season, and perhaps ultimately scuttled his chances for winning the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award. But he rebounded well in the postseason, totaling 3 1/2 sacks, and had a critical forced fumble in Super Bowl XLV.

As we discussed during our earlier stop on CampTour'11, Matthews reported to training camp slimmer and in improved cardiovascular shape in an attempt to limit the chance of injury. He told Demovsky he weighed in at 252 pounds, or six pounds less than in 2010.

Continuing around the NFC North: