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    Packs' Matthews: I played second half of 2010 with broken leg

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    Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews played the second half of the 2010 season and all of the postseason with a broken leg, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported.

    Matthews, who had 13.5 sacks during the season and 3.5 more during Packers' run to the Super Bowl title, mentioned the injury while answering a question about how much the Packers will miss departed defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

    "I donít make a big deal of it," Matthews said Tuesday. "(It happened) some time in the middle of the season. You canít do anything about it. I was just taking practices off and showing up on gameday and giving it my all."

    Matthews was listed on the injury report every week from Week 9 through the NFC Championship Game as probable with a shin injury, which in fact was a lower-leg stress fracture.

    Jenkins' presence last season seemingly helped Matthews, who had 14 of his 17 sacks during the 15 games that Jenkins played. In the five games Jenkins missed because of injury, Matthews made 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 thatís all right. Obviously, Iím not making excuses. Cullen is a terrific athlete, and weíre 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, who also has struggled with hamstring issues during each of his first two NFL seasons -- both of which resulted in Pro Bowl berths, took a different approach to his offseason training this year, including much more cardiovascular work. As a result, he arrived at Packers camp weighing six pounds less than in 2010.

    "This offseason, I put an emphasis on really coming in here in great cardio shape and make sure I had done everything that I possibly could to say, 'Hey, this is how weíre going to prevent injuries,'" Matthews said. "Thatís the nature of the beast. Youíre going to get injured in this game, but I feel good. I feel good about where Iím at headed into my third year and feel like I can definitely outdo what Iíve put on paper and on film the last two years."

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    I wish they wouldn't embellish in titles like that. 'Played through stress fractures' would be a lot more appropriate. Read the title and knew exactly what they meant though.

    That's pretty cool, and good for him... especially the fact that it's just coming out now... he didn't whine about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordTrychon View Post
    I wish they wouldn't embellish in titles like that. 'Played through stress fractures' would be a lot more appropriate. Read the title and knew exactly what they meant though.

    That's pretty cool, and good for him... especially the fact that it's just coming out now... he didn't whine about it.

    yeah, i didn't even read the article and i knew there is no way he played with a broken leg lol

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    Showoff.

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    Guess all the juicin' helps, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroncoFan46 View Post
    Guess all the juicin' helps, huh?
    I wasn't gonna say it...thanks for sayin' it for me.

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    Still you have to admire his gutsiness and resilence as they wouldn't had won the Super Bowl or made it without him. Talk about guts and being a team player in the process.

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    Overrated.

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    I think there was one NFL LB (in the 70s or something) that actually did play with a legit broken leg. May have been Lambert, but I don't think it was one of those stress fractures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angrybearsfan View Post
    I think there was one NFL LB (in the 70s or something) that actually did play with a legit broken leg. May have been Lambert, but I don't think it was one of those stress fractures.
    I think it was actually an offensive lineman for the Steelers....Youngblood?

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    Jack Youngblood... He was the DE for the Rams. Played with a fractured fibula

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    If it was really something bad then the doctors wouldn't let him play. Obviously it wasn't something that could get worse, players like to over emphasize these things as if they did something dramatic.

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    adding to what JR said, if it could get worse, it would've eventually

    Matthews is far and away the most overrated LB in the league, and I really don't understand why he is getting so much hype

    he's good, but not better than guys like Willis, Beason, Mayo, Urlacher, Harrison etc.

    will dissapoint for sure, especially with Jenkins gone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angrybearsfan View Post
    I think there was one NFL LB (in the 70s or something) that actually did play with a legit broken leg. May have been Lambert, but I don't think it was one of those stress fractures.
    its impossible to play with a legit broken leg

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