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Matthews says young child hit his injured thumb...sort of

Clay Matthews. Image by Green Bay Packers/TODAY'S TMJ4

Matthews says young child hit his injured thumb...sort of

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Nov 25, 2013

One of the worst nightmares of Packers fans nearly came true Monday night on "Packers Live" on TODAY'S TMJ4 and NBC26.

At least Clay Matthews joked about it when fans were high-fiving him at the start of the show, hosted by Larry McCarren.

"A little kid over there hit my (injured right) thumb.  I should have worn my cast," said Matthews, most assuredly with tongue-in-cheek.

"We had a setback with that kid hitting it."

Matthews missed four games in October and early November after the injury in the first matchup with the Detroit Lions on Oct. 6.

He said that if he didn't have the surgery on his thumb, worse damage could have happened to it, and he made fun of McCarren's own permanently-injured fingers.

"If I didn't have a surgery, my finger would end up looking like yours.  I think I did the right thing," he quipped.

He is using a much-lighter cast than he did in the November 10th game against Philadelphia, and the benefits are revealing themselves.  Matthews had two sacks in the 26-all tie against Minnesota on Sunday.

"The more I can weather this storm with my injuries...I think it's going to help this defense out."