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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.
At the time of coach Mike McCarthy's Monday afternoon press conference, Matthews was still in a medical appointment.
"I'm hopeful it's not season ending," McCarthy said. "I think we're all hopeful, but you have to get all the opinions and make sure you always do right by the player."
Matthews was injured late in the third quarter when he sacked Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford for a 12-yard loss. Matthews then jogged to the locker room and, while his return was announced as questionable, he never re-entered the game.
"If you watch it, you can just kind of see at the end, he kind of falls on it," McCarthy said.
This isn't the first physical setback for Matthews this season. Matthews injured his hamstring and did not return to the Packers' Week 3 game when he sacked Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and forced a fumble on the play.
"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.
Matthews signed a five-year, 66 million extension this offseason with 20.5 million guaranteed.
In 2011, Packers safety Morgan Burnett broke his hand and didn't miss any games. The same was true of the broken hand suffered by Green Bay defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins early in the 2010 season. However, Burnett and Jenkins both had to play with a club on their injured hand. It's unclear whether Matthews would have to still wear a club upon return if he opts for surgery.
"The size of it, how much it limits him, obviously you'd like to use your hands because you're grabbing cloth and jerking and pulling," Capers said of players using a club. "So it affects a lot of the moves you make and that type of thing. We've had Cullen play with it upfront and he still was quick and could make his moves. I think Clay would be able to do the same thing. You know, Morgan played in the secondary with it. So we'll kind of have to wait and see what they say and hope for the best. And when we get him back, we'll see what we can do."
In Matthews' likely absence, the Packers would use Mike Neal and Nick Perry as their starting outside linebackers.
This offseason, Neal converted from defensive lineman to a hybrid role of mostly playing outside linebacker. Neal picked up his first sack of the season in Week 5.
Perry, a 2012 first-round pick, was benched in favor of Neal for the first time in his career Sunday against the Lions. But coming off the bench, Perry had two sacks and was more productive than he'd ever been.
"The one encouraging thing to me is, I think Mike Neal has made really good strides," Capers said. "I think you saw him play his best game yesterday. I think you saw Nick Perry play his best game yesterday. And that's the nature of this business.
"Not knowing the status (of Matthews) 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 this week."
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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...
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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.
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Packers linebacker Clay Matthews exited Sunday’s win over the Lions with a thumb injury.
Per a league source the thumb has a fracture in it.
Matthews left Sunday’s 22-9 win over the Lions in the fourth quarter. It’s unclear whether the injury will limit Matthews’ ability to practice or play.
This would be a huge blow to the Packers defense if they lost Matthew to any time. Matthews was shown walking to the locker room. @davebirkett: TV just showed Clay Matthews going to Green Bay’s locker room. I hope he is ok, I have him as my IDP player in fantasy.
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Big loss for the Packers.
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 7, 2013
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