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McCarthy: Matthews would probably try to play

Clay Matthews, Matthew Stafford AP

The Packers are going to be without outside linebacker Clay Matthews for a month or so after surgery to repair a broken right thumb, but coach Mike McCarthy said that was a decision Matthews himself might not necessarily have made.

“I think if Clay Matthews had his preference he’d be playing in this week’s game,” McCarthy said, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But, like I said, every injury is different and this is clearly a medical decision as far as the path that he has to go and what occurred in the surgery.”

McCarthy would only say that Matthews would miss “multiple weeks,” and that he’d need to wear a cast when he did return to the field.

“Clay Matthews is our best player on defense,” McCarthy said. “But this is pro football. We’ve been down this road before. It’s an excellent opportunity for others to step up and make plays and be a part of packages as we get ready for an excellent Baltimore Raven football team.

“Every one of those injuries are different as far as the procedure, when you can play with a cast. It’ll be at least a couple weeks.”

The Packers got three sacks out of Nick Perry and Mike Neal last week against the Lions, and they’ll need similar production moving forward.

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16 Responses to “McCarthy: Matthews would probably try to play”
  1. mikemccarthyhof says: Oct 9, 2013 4:30 PM

    praying for clay every night. omg this stinks

  2. scoops1 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:36 PM

    The Power of Reggie White will fix this so he is back on the field sooner rather then later

  3. minnesoulja says: Oct 9, 2013 4:40 PM

    Barbie catch a hangnail?

  4. purpleguy says: Oct 9, 2013 4:42 PM

    The Pack would really be in a bind if they didn’t have the best kicker in the NFCN.

  5. trollsetter says: Oct 9, 2013 4:50 PM

    Token McCarthy statement bumping up the baby faced, cheeseburger eating, chunky soup commercial star’s ego. Matthews gives the Packers a good 6 games a year. China doll got paid.

  6. shlort says: Oct 9, 2013 4:53 PM

    Gren Bay deals with situations like this every season. Problem for the haters out there is that the Packers have these issues arise and still make the playoffs.

  7. conormacleod says: Oct 9, 2013 4:54 PM

    So he never actually talked to Matthews, nor did Matthews actually utter those words. Nice “article”.

  8. freebledsoe says: Oct 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    Let him play I say! I’m sure it will go well

  9. gnarlswoodson says: Oct 9, 2013 4:58 PM

    trollsetter says: Oct 9, 2013 4:50 PM

    Token McCarthy statement bumping up the baby faced, cheeseburger eating, chunky soup commercial starโ€™s ego. Matthews gives the Packers a good 6 games a year. China doll got paid.


    Token jealous Clay post from a pimple faced, cheeseburger eating, chunky butt self proclaimed “troll”. Matthews lasts 6 games and you last 6 seconds, haha.

  10. GenXJay says: Oct 9, 2013 5:18 PM

    it’s not like he fractured a rib or anything.

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 9, 2013 5:26 PM

    It will be difficult for the Packers to maintain their status as the number 1 defense in the NFC North without Clay in there.

  12. whatjusthapped says: Oct 9, 2013 5:45 PM

    Most GM’s and personnel people will tell you that GB has some good depth on that roster. The true measure of that is when your starters go down, how well do the back ups perform? Case in point, in 2010, the Packers put 15 on IR and still won the Superbowl.

    Last weekend, the Packers lost 2 starting linebackers, then a second string LB, plugged in a 3rd stringer and didn’t miss a beat.

    Meanwhile the Viking trollers don’t need to be reminded, they are still searching for their franchise Qb in the 5 week of the season, after blowing a very high first rounder just a couple of years ago. That’s the difference a good GM makes for a team.

  13. rodh32340 says: Oct 9, 2013 6:21 PM

    These players are amazing! They demand that a coach take the heat off of them so they can go out in public.

  14. coachjohnharbaugh says: Oct 9, 2013 8:15 PM

    see you sunday

  15. calvincoke says: Oct 9, 2013 8:23 PM

    Im always seeing LB’s and some lineman play with something broken in their hand.. Come on Clay!!

  16. guitarkevin says: Oct 10, 2013 11:47 AM

    As a Ravens fan I say let him rest and get healthy –๐Ÿ˜‰

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