"Obviously, OTAs will probably be one thing," Matthews told USA Today's Tom Pelissero. "I can't imagine I'll be too heavily involved with some of the stuff. I'm sure I can do stuff here and there. But yeah, we risked it once, and unfortunately, it didn't pay off."
Matthews is coming off two separate surgeries on a broken thumb that cost him six games, including the playoffs.
The 27-year-old missed four games in the middle of the season before returning with a cast. Matthews admitted he struggled when he returned.
"Quite honestly, I clubbed it up, and I was just a number out there, because we didn't have enough people to suit up (against) Philly," he said. "By far my worst professional game, but there was a legitimate excuse."
Matthews, who has 50 sacks through five NFL seasons, said he expects to be full-go by the time training camp opens in July. With the addition of Julius Peppers, Matthews also anticipates fewer double-teams next season.
"They're going to double the big guy, and that leaves plenty of opportunities for me," he said. "I haven't had too many one-on-one opportunities, and when you do, you're expected to win -- at least in our locker room -- the majority of the time, because that's supposed to be a mismatch."