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Clay Matthews club-hand is legal because it’s covered in some soft stuff

Nov 10, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

“How the heck is it legal to have a giant club for a hand and play in an NFL game?!?” is probably what you were wondering when you saw the covering Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has on his hand today as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Matthews is playing in his first game back from suffering a broken thumb in week five and that bowling ball looking thing on his hand is meant as protection.

According to Fox Sports’ officiating guru, Mike Pereira, it’s legal because there’s some soft stuff around it.

Oh, cool. I’d like to hear what LeSean McCoy or DeSean Jackson have to say about getting clubbed with that thing.

Earlier in the week Matthews talked to Fox Sports Wisconsin about playing with a cast and it not being very fun.

“I’ve just got to get used to playing a little more with one hand and obviously being comfortable with throwing it in there,” Matthews said.


However, last season, Matthews watched as fellow outside linebacker Nick Perry tried to play with a cast on his injured left wrist.

“(Perry) says ‘It sucks,’ so that’s probably the only similarity, and I would agree with that,” Matthews said. “So, I don’t know, I mean, it does suck, so I would echo that message, but I’ll do the best I can with it.”

The Eagles lead 10-3 at halftime of the ugly, ugly football game.

Some other notable tweets:

  1. willh888 - Nov 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    aw, burnt marshmallow hand man

  2. Steve - Nov 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    I guess this is more legal than the ‘roids he takes.


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