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Clay Matthews (Photo credit: Doug Pensinger/ Getty Images)
The Green Bay Packers have lost linebacker Clay Matthews for at least one month after breaking his thumb against the Detroit Lions. Matthews was already suffering from a sore hamstring he sustained before the bye week, so this broken thumb just adds insult to injury. Along with Matthews, linebackers Brad Jones and Robert Francois also suffered injuries. Jones left the game on Sunday with a hamstring injury, while Francois tore his Achilles tendon, effectively ending his season. With those three linebackers out, the Packers defense is now running very thin in that crucial spot on the field.
With Matthews out, it means second year linebacker Nick Perry will assume the role of the leading pass rushing linebacker. Last year, the Packers drafted Perry in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, hoping that he could join Matthews as a pass rushing threat for the Packers defense. Unfortunately, Perry’s rookie season was cut short due to injury. But, with Matthews out for a while, Perry is ready to take the role of the head pass rusher. The Packers drafted Perry in the first round for good reason. Obviously, they hoped that it would be alongside Matthews, but his injury forces Perry to excel his play to another level.
However, if the Packers decide to keep Perry on his side of the field, the team will more than likely put lineman turned linebacker Mike Neal in Matthews’ spot instead. Neal recorded his first sack of the season against the Lions and was a constant force in the backfield all game long. Now, I’m not expecting him to put up Matthews-like numbers, but if he can continue to disrupt the opponent’s offensive line, Neal should be able to contribute to the Packers defense.
Being down three linebackers heading into a road game against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will not be an easy task for the Packers. But, in their 2010 Super Bowl run, they did finish the regular season with 15 players on injured reserve and were able to preserver and win the Super Bowl. If any team can rally from injuries, it is the Packers.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There is not a definitive answer yet, but there appears to be more bad news than good news for Green Bay Packers star outside linebacker Clay Matthews.
Matthews broke his thumb in Sunday's Week 5 game and is now likely headed for surgery, according to ESPN reports. If surgery is the route that Matthews goes, he is expected to miss about one month.
Green Bay Packers HC Mike McCarthy told reporters that he is “hopeful” that LB Clay Matthews‘ broken thumb is not season-ending, per Tom Silverstein.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Shefter reports that Matthews will go through further testing and is expected to miss at least one month.
If Matthews thumb injury requires surgery, it could cost him the rest of the 2013 season. Matthews...
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The Green Bay Packers are expected to be without linebacker Clay Matthews for at least a month due to a fractured thumb.
Thus far the Packers have not released information on the status of Matthews. Head coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday that he was hopeful that Matthews would not miss the rest of the season.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- One day after improving to a 2-2 record by defeating the Detroit Lions 22-9 in Week 5, the Green Bay Packers' three coordinators discussed the important aspects of the game.
Here are three question-and-answer highlights from each coordinator:
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR DOM CAPERS
1. What do you do now if you're without Clay Matthews for the next several games...
The Green Bay Packers did what they needed to do yesterday at Lambeau Field: they beat the NFC North Division leading Detroit Lions, 22-9, to pull within one-half game of the top spot. They also moved to within a half-game of Da Bearz. It was an especially great defensive performance, sacking Lions QB Matthew Stafford five times and holding the fourth-highest scoring offense in the...
Most of the injury-related attention the Green Bay Packers have received has been given to Pro-Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews. While Matthews won't be suiting up for this weekend's contest against the Baltimore Ravens, he's not the only linebacker the Packers will be missing. Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters -- including Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
According to a report, Clay Matthews has had successful surgery on his thumb which may keep him sidelined for more than a month.
The news comes from Jay Glazer, who tweeted that the pins that have been inserted into Clay's hand may keep him out longer than originally estimated four weeks. Per cheeseheadtv.com:
Clay matthews injury Called a Bennett fracture. Thumb...
We mentioned last night that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. will be out for a month with a broken thumb.
According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Matthews underwent surgery on his thumb on Monday.
Clay Matthews had successful surgery on his thumb today.
It sounds like Matthews will miss more than a month.
Clay Matthews injury called a Bennett fracture. Thumb needed to be...
Big loss for the Packers.
Packers LB Clay Matthews still is undergoing more testing, but he is expected to miss one month with a broken thumb.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
The 22-9 victory over the Lions this past Sunday may have actually resulted in a huge loss for the Packers for the remainder of the season.
According to reports, Clay Matthews underwent successful surgery Monday to repair his thumb, injured during the game against the Lions:
Clay Matthews had successful surgery on his thumb today.
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 8, 2013...
Green Bay Packers (2-2) at Baltimore Ravens (3-2)
The Ravens have been one of the premier home teams in the NFL over the past few seasons, going 25-3 at home since 2010. They’re outscore opponents by about a point per game on the road in that time period and by about 11 points per game at home. As a result, they’ve only been underdogs at home a grand total of three times in that...
On Monday, Clay Matthews had surgery to address his fractured thumb.
Slated to miss about a month, Packers fans may be a bit worried about the ability for the defensive unit to play at a high level.
While that certain exacts some pressure on the Packers offense -- one that is currently averaging X points, Aaron Rodgers doesn't necessarily see it that way...
Joe Flacco won't have to worry about Clay Matthews. Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, will get no such break against Terrell Suggs on Sunday.
The two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks square off when Flacco and the defending champion Baltimore Ravens host Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers (2-2) suffered a blow when Matthews, their All-Pro outside linebacker, broke...