McCarthy: Clay Matthews won’t need shoulder surgery

McCarthy: Clay Matthews won’t need shoulder surgery

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy shared some good news Friday, telling reporters linebacker Clay Matthews’ shoulder should be able to heal on its own, rather than undergoing surgery that could put a dent into preseason plans for the 30-year-old.

“I think he’s out of the woods,” McCarthy said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “I know there was a period of time where they were (considering surgery). Last time we talked, (team physician Dr.) Pat McKenzie thought he was out of the woods and wasn’t going to need surgery.”

Matthews’ agent also confirmed to ESPN that no surgery was required.

Matthews had quite a forgettable season in 2016 with a hamstring injury (missed 4 games) on top of the later shoulder injury, recording a career-low 5 sacks and 24 tackles in 12 games on his return.