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Clay Matthews had thumb surgery yesterday

Dom Capers AP

Packers coach Mike McCarthy was vague yesterday when asked about linebacker Clay Matthews‘ thumb injury, saying he was hopeful it wouldn’t be season-ending.

It will, however, knock him out for several games. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Matthews had surgery yesterday to repair a broken thumb, and will be out at least a month.

That will force Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers to make some major adjustments on defense, without his best pass-rusher.

Matthews had three sacks and two forced fumbles in four games, and they’re going to have to scheme their way into that kind of production from the rest of the position.

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32 Responses to “Clay Matthews had thumb surgery yesterday”
  1. northpackalacky says: Oct 8, 2013 9:23 AM

    Well, at least the Pack have a weak schedule for the forseeable future.

  2. mrengmano says: Oct 8, 2013 9:29 AM

    Hope this doesn’t take the attention from all the Viking fans getting pumped up about Josh Freeman.

  3. bmoreravens1012013 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:30 AM

    As a Clay Matthews fan , I’m like damn , bummer…..As a die hard Ravens fan, um not so much this Sunday….Sort of like how Aaron Rodgers is my fav qb in the league, but I hope he bums it up (which I doubt btw) Sunday at “The Bank” ….

  4. vargavarga says: Oct 8, 2013 9:32 AM

    No excuses from this Packer fan. Next man up.

  5. claymath52 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:42 AM

    Bummer.

    Good thing our next 5 games are against the Ravens, Browns, Vikings, Bears, and Eagles.

  6. cardiovascularendurance says: Oct 8, 2013 9:42 AM

    Maybe his mommy will kiss it and make it feel better.

  7. rpiotr01 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:42 AM

    You don’t scheme that kind of production, you lose it. You scheme everyone else to play smart, hard, and disciplined and hold on to your butts until your best player comes back.

  8. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 8, 2013 9:45 AM

    Why doesn’t he double his normal dose of PEDs? Won’t it increase the heeling time?

  9. obsessedvikingfan says: Oct 8, 2013 9:49 AM

    Injuries are part of the game. No excuses.

    It was just a freak accident how he did it. A free run at the QB and he got a sack but it cost him a month or more.

    Guy is injury prone though. How many games has he missed due to injury anyways?

  10. nickynick04 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:54 AM

    This team is cursed wuth injuries.
    Obviously he had pins put in.
    I d guess he ll be out around 6 Weeks

  11. credible316 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:55 AM

    I guess once you stop taking PED’s your body breaks down and you miss a month of football to a broken nail.

  12. mn1288 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:05 AM

    Went 3-1 down the stretch without him last year, arguably against better teams. If it’s just 4 games, I’m not concerned….Yet.

  13. bubba9er says: Oct 8, 2013 10:13 AM

    I hate it when any players get hurt. But I really hate when great players get hurt like this. I feel cheated. And I am a die-hard 49ers fan. Like it or not, the Packers are more watchable when Clay Matthews is running down opposing quarterbacks.

  14. blowpackblow says: Oct 8, 2013 10:31 AM

    That means he should have enough time to get a haircut, and maybe do a stupid fathead commercial or two.

  15. intedwetrust says: Oct 8, 2013 10:36 AM

    One of my favorite Packers but he’s usually good to miss 3-4 games a season so I guess it’s because of a thumb this year. Going to make the next 4 games a bit tougher but the rest of the D is playing well so they should be fine.

  16. trollsetter says: Oct 8, 2013 10:38 AM

    This guy’s a china doll.

  17. pjrhc says: Oct 8, 2013 10:40 AM

    Browns and Eagles games won’t be easy; both teams tougher than their record indicates. At least the Eagles offense is. Hope Neal can step it up. I’m also concerned about our middle linebacker injuries.

  18. ravenmomma says: Oct 8, 2013 11:04 AM

    I think it’s funny that some of the Packer fans think the Ravens will be an easy game this week. Hey, whatever lets you sleep at night….in any event, I do wish Clay Matthews a speedy recovery…he’s a great player.

  19. bearshaterseverywhere says: Oct 8, 2013 11:27 AM

    Here comes Filthy and his “Exusomatic”. How does it feel to run your mouth Filthy and then look….you lose a key player. Take your foot out your mouth I can’t hear you….

    On a better not, Hate to to see a stand up, classy, key player go down. Sorry Packer’s fans (excluding Filthymchater)

  20. packerbackersince71 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:31 AM

    … I just saw Brian Uhrlacher at Austin Straubel !!! … lol

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:21 PM

    It will be hard for the Packers to keep their ranking as the best D in the division without him in there. But it will create an opportunity for other playmakers.

  22. Frazier28/7 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:30 PM

    Unless it’s Rodgers it doesn’t matter.

  23. padraighansen says: Oct 8, 2013 12:39 PM

    One thing you can bet on: GB will be using more runs and short passes in an effort to keep their D off the field.

  24. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    Why didn’t he just cut it off ala Ronnie Lott? Granted that was a pinky, but the principle is the same.

  25. deltaoracle says: Oct 8, 2013 4:01 PM

    At least he was smart enough to get it taken care of immediately rather than to try to play (and do so poorly) for a few weeks, make it worse, and then lose the entire second half of the season.
    Very glad Mike Neal has been able to make the switch from DL to LB; to be honest I never would have believed that he’d do as well as he has. And Perry may be better if they switch him to the right side, who knows. Fingers crossed…

  26. larrydavid7000 says: Oct 8, 2013 6:59 PM

    What a HUGE whimp.!!! Redskins nose tackle 96 has a BROKEN hand and has PLAYED every game this season.!!!!!! Clay is OVER RATED BIG TIME.!!!!!

  27. axespray says: Oct 8, 2013 9:24 PM

    Redskins suck… most overrated playoff team in the last decade.

    Gimmick Read Option nonsense – overrated QB, overrated OLBs – Overrated Runningback, overrated Coach…

    Glad they were exposed this year.

  28. peterawrhatred says: Oct 9, 2013 3:23 AM

    Not too concerned he missed games last year, nick perry and mike Neal are better than all of last years backups

  29. chi01town says: Oct 9, 2013 9:30 AM

    NO EXCUSES!! the game is Sunday. Its time to play football so ( in the words of the packers ) suit up the NEXT MAN!! cause your bye week is gone.

  30. mikemccarthyhof says: Oct 9, 2013 3:04 PM

    we just paid you all that money and you can’t stay healthy? omg TT, i will go to bed praying tonight he’s ok

  31. jimispackers says: Oct 9, 2013 4:03 PM

    There shouldn’t be any doubts about the rest of this season. Even if Clay is to miss more than 4 games; he will return with enough time to get back into playoff shape. The depth a linebacker is enough to get by, but the defensive line play and the offense’s production will dictate the outcome of these next 8 games.
    Love Jimi.

  32. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 10, 2013 9:05 AM

    The Vikings will be getting better and get out of there slump the games they played they only lost by a little and the reason the Browns won was cause they were sneaky, no one was thinking fake punt or fake field goal, if they didnt have that the Vikings would have won the game, the Bears by only 1 so we will see Packers as you are playing in the Dome and last year they played you in the dome the Vikings won. So I can see them winning against you guys.

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