April 23, 2014

Broken thumb to sideline Matthews

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will miss some time with the broken thumb that he suffered in the 22-9 win over the Detroit

Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

Lions on Sunday.

The Packers were seeking several opinions on Matthews broken thumb to determine the course of action.  That means just how much time Matthews would miss is still unclear.

At this time, it’s looking like Matthews will need surgery, but until that decision is made, there’s no timetable for just how long Matthews will be out.

At his Monday news conference today, Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn’t think it was something that was going to sideline Matthews for the season, but the coach didn’t offer any other information.

If Matthews can return to action this season, he’ll likely have to play with a soft cast or a club on his hand to protect the thumb.  That will affect his ability to rush the passer and tackle ball carriers.

Without Matthews, defensive coordinator Dom Capers said Mike Neal and Nick Perry would handle the outside linebacker position.  Both players had career high performances on Sunday against the Lions.

McCarthy said the Packers weren’t sure how bad the hamstring injury is that Brad Jones suffered on Sunday.  If he can’t play at Baltimore next week, then the starting job would go to Jamari Lattimore.