Clay Matthews played the second half of last season with a stress fracture in his lower leg.
Matthews brought up the injury only because he was asked about how the loss of defensive end Cullen Jenkins, the Packers’ best pass rusher on the defensive line who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, would impact him. In the 15 games, including postseason, that Jenkins played last season, Matthews had 14 sacks. In the five games Jenkins missed because of injury, Matthews totaled just three sacks.
“I also had a stress fracture in four of those games,” Matthews said. “But nobody knows that. I had a stress fracture in my leg. A sore shin as you guys call it, but that’s all right. Obviously, I’m not making excuses. Cullen is a terrific athlete, and we’re definitely going to take a hit in our defensive line, but at the same time I think they have confidence in the guys coming up.”
Matthews is a big reason why we have the Packers DT ranked #2. It's scary to think that he was runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year after playing half the season with a stress fracture.