this Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, photo, Green Bay Packers' Clay
Matthews, right, sacks Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew
Stafford during the third quarter of an NFL football game in
Green Bay, Wis. Matthews broke his right thumb during
Sunday's 22-9 victory over the Detroit Lions on this play at
GREEN BAY — The
Green Bay Packers know what life is like without Clay Matthews,
and they're bracing themselves again for being without their
four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker for an extended time after
Matthews broke his right thumb during Sunday's 22-9 victory over
the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
Mike McCarthy said in his usual day-after-the-game news conference
Monday afternoon that Matthews was at a doctor's appointment being
examined and that he was unsure how long his star defensive player
would be sidelined.
information's not in yet," McCarthy said. "I really
don't have anything to announce there."
left the Packers' pre-bye loss at Cincinnati on Sept. 22 with a
hamstring injury he suffered while forcing his second fumble of
the game on a hit on quarterback Andy Dalton, injured his thumb on
the final play of the third quarter, when he came unblocked and
sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford for a 12-yard loss.
"I told him
he's going to have to stop sacking the quarterback because the
last two weeks, he's injured himself sacking the
quarterback," defensive coordinator Dom Capers said jokingly.
for Stafford with his right hand and then hit the hand on the
ground and he finished the play. Afterward, Matthews could be seen
looking at his hand before coming off the field, and when he came
to the Packers sideline, he reached across his face to unsnap his
chinstrap on the right side of this helmet with his left hand. He
was then taken to the locker room for x-rays by the Packers'
at least misses next Sunday's game at defending Super
Bowl-champion Baltimore, it would mark the fourth straight year
that Matthews will have been sidelined for at least one game.
After playing all 16 games as a rookie in 2009, when he missed
most of training camp with a hamstring injury, Matthews missed one
game in 2010 with a hamstring injury. In 2011, he was a healthy
inactive for the meaningless regular-season finale against Detroit
after the Packers had locked up home-field advantage for the
playoffs, but he missed four games last season with a hamstring
injury before returning from the layoff and recording seven sacks
in the next five games (including playoffs).
Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews looks down at
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's helmet
while Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan picks it
up after it got knocked off during an NFL football game
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.
who had five tackles and a sack in Sunday's game, the Packers
played Mike Neal and Nick Perry as their outside linebackers.
Neal, a converted defensive end, finished with a sack and six
tackles; Perry, the team's first-round pick last year whose season
ended after six games because of wrist surgery, finished with two
sacks and five tackles; Neal had one sack and six tackles.
encouraging thing to me is, I think Mike Neal has made really good
strides. I think you saw him play his best game yesterday, I think
you saw Nick Perry play his best game yesterday," Capers
said. 'And that's the nature of this business.
(Matthews') status and what's going to go on there, we need for
Mike Neal and Nick Perry to be ready to play next week the way
they played this week. Because they played their best football
Packers apparently aren't overly concerned about the hamstring
injury suffered by starting inside linebacker Brad Jones. After
Jones left Sunday's game with the injury, he was replaced by
backup Robert Francois, who suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon
later in the game.
placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday, but rather than
replacing him with another inside linebacker, the Packers instead
called up cornerback James Nixon from the practice squad. That
leaves them with three other inside linebackers besides Jones -
fellow starter A.J. Hawk, veteran backup Jamari Lattimore and
rookie seventh-round pick Sam Barrington.