Clay Matthews injured his hamstring in Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Green Bay Packers enter their bye week at the perfect time for Matthews. After getting evaluated, it appears he will need a couple weeks to recover.
According to Tyler Dunne of the Detroit Free Press, coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Matthews may be out a couple weeks due to his injured hamstring. If it is indeed two weeks, Matthews would miss just one game. However, these types of injure are difficult to predict.
Matthews is the defensive playmaker for the Packers. Without him on the field, the defense is instantly worse. So far in 2012, Matthews has nine sacks and 21 tackles. He has already surpassed his sack total from 2011. Matthews and his defensive leadership has kept the Packers in games and helped them to their current 5-3 record.
If Green Bay must play without Matthews for any extended period of time, they may have to rely more on their offense. And they have quite the offense. Not many teams can boast one of the best defensive players in the league and one of the best offensive players in the league. Aaron Rodgers can single-handledly help keep the Packers afloat during Matthews' absence.
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