Clay Matthews suffered “repeat” injury to thumb

AP

The Packers got a reprieve on Sunday night when the Eagles throttled the Bears, moving them back into position to win the NFC North with a win against Chicago in Week 17.

The big story of the week in Wisconsin will be whether Aaron Rodgers quarterbacks them in that game. Whether or not he does, it looks like the Packers will have to go without linebacker Clay Matthews.

Matthews left Sunday’s loss to the Steelers after injuring his right thumb on a sack of Ben Roethlisberger. After the game, coach Mike McCarthy indicated the injury was similar to the fracture that kept Matthews out for four games after surgery earlier this season.

“I couldn’t give you a timeline, but I think based off the history of what happened the first time, I’m told it’s similar to [a] repeat injury,” McCarthy said, via ESPN.com.

Nick Perry replaced Matthews against the Steelers and will likely be in the starting lineup if Matthews is indeed ruled out for the regular season finale. The Packers also saw linebacker Brad Jones and running back Eddie Lacy leave with injuries that could continue to cost the Pack into next week.

65 responses to “Clay Matthews suffered “repeat” injury to thumb

  1. Green Bay can’t win the division without Rodgers, Matthews, Lacy, Cobb and Finley… can they?

    Bears fans would never hear the end of it.

  2. This was the result I pictured. The Steelers are playing mad and they’re winning and opponents are filling up their IR list. The Steelers stink this year, don’t get me wrong, they are still looking up at a .500 year, but I have watched them a long time and I’d say they are as mad as I’ve ever seen them.

    I think they’ll get to 500. If by miracle the splits fall their way and they get the most undeserved spot in the playoffs that I can imagine, only the Patriots (who have their number) should feel safe about playing them. Bengals, Indy, KC, Bronco’s, all vulnerable to the nasty game and Ben’s focus.

  3. Doesn’t matter next week, just run the ball every single play of the game, can put up 40 or 50 points. Bears defense is the worst in the league.

  4. They just weren’t physically prepared to play the Steelers. While technically they didn’t knock GB out of the playoffs, they won’t be physically healed and ready by next week, so in essence this was the knock-out punch.

  5. The Eagles will win Sunday, and the way theyve bounced back from a 3-5 start, they deserve that playoff berth. The only blemish on their record was last week against Minnesota.

    The NFC North on the other hand- it’s a shame one of these pathetic defenses will be not only in the playoffs, but HOSTING either New Orleans or San Francisco come wild card week. Meanwhile, the potentially 11-5 Cardinals will be sitting home. It’s a shame.

  6. It is really too bad that the Packers have injuries on their team. I mean, no other team in the NFL is affected by injuries. The fact that the Packers have even won a game is a testament to their incredible spirit and will.

  7. Green Bay can’t win the division without Rodgers, Matthews, Lacy, Cobb and Finley… can they?

    Bears fans would never hear the end of it.

    ================================

    Don’t forget Buluga, Hayword, Jolly and both Shields/Burnett for a portion of the season.

  8. NFC North, the division no one wants to win.
    No doubt it is the division no one deserves to win.

    It’s a shame that next week’s Bears-Packers game will be decisive, determining who will be slaughtered in the first round of the playoffs.

  9. As a Bears fan I just want the season to end already. No need to see the team get embarrassed against San Fran, Carolina, New Orleans or whoever the first round matchup would be.

    Bears need multiple pieces on defense. And they can’t afford for Emery to take another Shea McClelland (how anyone thought he could defend the run as a defensive end is beyond me).

    So with that said, go Pack go. Put the Bears out of their misery.

  10. Ignore the haters. They hate for the sake of hating with nothing of any substance to add. They are the internet equivalent of childhood school bus bullies. Weak-minded types. You can recognize each of them easily. Ignore them. They have to live with themselves. That is punishment enough.

    Anyway, all teams have sixteen games to get something done. Make no apologies about how the division is won . In the event the Packers beat Chicago and win the division, they earned it. They may not have the gun and powder to go the distance, but under the circumstances, I could not be prouder of the Green Bay Packers.

    Stay Calm and Carry On !

  11. “It is really too bad that the Packers have injuries on their team. I mean, no other team in the NFL is affected by injuries. The fact that the Packers have even won a game is a testament to their incredible spirit and will.”

    The Patriots would say, HI! Though the Pats didn’t lose their QB, they lost almost the biggest impact player at receiver or tight end position, in Gronk. They face countless numbers of injuries constantly at O-Line, and at corner. WIlfork, Kelly, and Mayo are gone. Don’t talk about injuries until you pay close attention to who the Pats have lost. And yet, we won the AFC East (No surprise) and can take over first place on Sunday. Incredible.

  12. twonis says:
    Dec 23, 2013 9:44 AM

    With the Lacy injury, if the Packers end up taking down the Bears at Lambeau on the back of Kalil Bell…now that would be a story.

    It would totally be a story — because they play at Soldier Field!

  13. Whoa! Did I miss something? You mean to tell me the vikqueens aren’t winning the division with a 12-4 record and AP isn’t destroying Dickerson’s record with 1 game left. These were all predictions by the great lavender Larry guru and most annoying play by play announcer in NFL history Paul Allen.

  14. Favre would have said that his collar bone felt great after 1 week, whereas Rodgers does his drama queen act for 7 weeks and counting. Whatever happened to sucking it up?

  15. Want to know a big part of the Packs problems.
    Neal gets hurt and they put in Datone J. Mathews gets hurt and they put in Perry. Both of these guys were Packer first round picks. That is the problem with the Packers. Three years in a row with a piss poor draft.

    The Packers first rounders are on the bench. How poorly can one choose in the first round?

    You can blame the downfall of the Packers squarley on Thompson and McCarthy. The draft and development approach ain’t working.

    In the superbowl year they had four pro bowlers they let go the following year for money.

    The packers will implode next Sunday. I do not see anyway, with or without Rogers, that we see this team in the Playoffs again for several years.
    The glory days are over.

  16. chefgoldblum says:
    Dec 23, 2013 8:21 AM

    Brett Favre would’ve played…

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    What, as Mattews thumb ?

    edavidberg says:
    Dec 23, 2013 9:40 AM
    As a Bears fan I just want the season to end already. No need to see the team get embarrassed against San Fran, Carolina, New Orleans or whoever the first round matchup would be.

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    A true BEAR FAN or any other fan, never wants their team to lose under any circumstance. As the Eagles were embarrassed by the Vikes last week, and came back to beat the Bears, the Bears could possibly do the same to the Pack at Solider field next week. Any Bear win over the Pack, especially for the north title is what a TRUE BEAR FAN roots for. No soup for you !

  17. @boston okay? GB lost Cobb, Finley, Finley’s backup, Starting LT in Bulaga, Brad Jones, Jolly, Mathews, Heyward(the #2 DB in the league last year according to PFF), oh and the best QB in the NFL. Not to mention that Tramon Williams, Eddie Lacy, James Jones, Nick Perry, Morgan Burnett, Evan Deitrich-Smith, Mike Neal, and Clay Mathews have all missed multiple games due to injury.
    Y’all are hurtin, but at least you still have your QB.

  18. I love every one discredits the NFC North… yes the its the black and blue division… the teams are black and blue..

    A few years ago everyone brushed off the NFC West and the below .500 Seahawks and that won the division vs. the saints.

  19. it must feel great re-injuring yourself on the front lines for a team that refuses to let their protected QB come back on the field.

  20. “Who did they beat? Nobody! Old and done, finally.”

    They’re one of the youngest teams in the league. Look it up, learning new things can be quite enlightening.

  21. herlies says:
    Dec 23, 2013 8:27 AM
    Green Bay can’t win the division without Rodgers, Matthews, Lacy, Cobb and Finley… can they?

    Bears fans would never hear the end of it.

    Chicago can’t win the division without Tillman, Collins, Williams, Melton and Hayden…can they?

  22. Chicago can’t win the division without Tillman, Collins, Williams, Melton and Hayden…can they?
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    They can’t win with Cutler either. The difference is GB can’t wait to get Rodgers back. Bears’ fans can’t wait until Jay is injured again.

  23. @twonis says: Dec 23, 2013 9:44 AM

    With the Lacy injury, if the Packers end up taking down the Bears at Lambeau on the back of Kalil Bell…now that would be a story.
    ————————————————————-
    They are playing in Chicago.

  24. “The Eagles will win Sunday, and the way theyve bounced back from a 3-5 start, they deserve that playoff berth. The only blemish on their record was last week against Minnesota.

    The NFC North on the other hand- it’s a shame one of these pathetic defenses will be not only in the playoffs, but HOSTING either New Orleans or San Francisco come wild card week. Meanwhile, the potentially 11-5 Cardinals will be sitting home. It’s a shame.”

    Really? Because I’m sure you were sooo proud when Seattle made it in with a sub .500 record for the first time in history. Were you just as ashamed?

  25. vikings28 says:
    Dec 23, 2013 11:23 AM

    Brett Favre played with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. That is a fact my friends.

    I rest my case.
    ___________________________

    Brett Favre didn’t miss a game until he put on the purple. That is also a fact my friends. Consider your case rested.

  26. Aaron Rodgers was paid a $35 million signing bonus less than 9 months ago. Clay Matthews was paid a $20 million dollar signing bonus at the same time.

    The money going to guys like Matthews and Rodgers will prohibit the Packers from re-signing young talent in a couple years, like Raji and Shields in a couple months, Cobb next year, Lacy in 3 years.

    Bottom line, if you have guys sucking up $6M and $8M and $10M of cap space all by themselves, they HAVE to be on the field or this whole model doesn’t work.

  27. The Packers get to play again next week for yet another post season berth, which would be their 3rd straight NFC North championship. More glory is there for the taking.

    Packers. Bears. Winner advance. Losers go home. This is awesome!

    Meanwhile, with the team long ago out of contention, and Santa getting boo’d along with the rest of the Vikings for bringing kids a Ponder jersey last Christmas, the holiday spirit is at an all time low in MN.

  28. Brett Favre played with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. That is a fact my friends.

    A Bennett fracture is having the entire thumb bone torn away from the rest of the hand dumbass. It’s basically being hung there by tendons and skin..Farve “cracked” the tip of his thumb….HUGE difference. BTW, the tough guy Favre was a Packer…the broken down and miss games Favre..was a Viking. The beloved by all the world and ESPN was Favre. The disgusting perv,can he retire already? Favre was a Viking. Again Huge difference.

    I rest MY case.

  29. Brett Favre would’ve played…

    Not with this injury..unless he really wanted to tank his teams playoff chances and screw other teams out of draft picks……like he did with the Jets. But what a great guy!

  30. Bernie Kosar played in the longest play off game in history with a rubber band holding his finger down

    Was it his throwing hand??? Steve Deberg played with a pin sticking out of his pinky on his throwing hand. Here’s the deal girls, the new CBA is strict with injuries now more than ever. Guys just can’t say they are ok and run out there anymore. Especially for all you girls who can’t seem to get over Favre. It’s a different league now and medical staffs for every team are more careful than they have ever been before.

  31. The packers will implode next Sunday. I do not see anyway, with or without Rogers, that we see this team in the Playoffs again for several years.
    The glory days are over.

    You girls say that every year since Favre broke your hearts…I am talking to YOU Packer ” fans” not the chubby girls in the Helga hats either. Get over it..Brett bailed on you guys..no one tossed him to the curb.

  32. Vikings fans- Shhhhhhhhh.

    You’re not involved. You can’t call other teams soft. Chrissy Ponder runs to the bench whenever she is hit. Your MVP running back only gained 45 yards the other day and sat out a game-and-a-half with a minor injury.

    Most of all, you’re team is soft. They are one of the worst teams in the league. They quit against the Bengals (as did AP) and in previous games, your fans consider the Vikings ineptitude as resiliency.

    So stop worrying about whether or not Clay Matthews and Jay Cutler are soft. Worry about whether your running back will get the 1234 yards that he needs to reach 2500 next weekend, or worry about the number of his illegitimate children will match his jersey number by the end of 2014.

  33. Hard to tell these days who’s truly the softest player in Green Bay. Clay is working hard to take that away from Erin.

    Neither brings back memories of Favre’s toughness. #fragile

  34. Rodgers has now missed 8 games due to injury in 5 seasons as a full-time starter.

    Over 9 seasons as a full-time starter in Green Bay, Favre missed zero.

    Case rested.

  35. While Erin has the worst 4th quarter win percentage of any active QB (.143), Favre won 30% of his games when trailing in the 4th (30 wins).

  36. We can still win. Let’s all do what Wiscos do best, let’s dig ourselves out of this mess. I’ve got well-worn shovels for all. We dig snow, we dig dirt, we can dig in the trenches and exhume our season from the depths of our depressions and get right in our heads. I will help you all, just bring some needles and thread, we can sew up this division championship yet.

  37. dahmergeinteam says:
    Dec 23, 2013 2:10 PM
    We can still win. Let’s all do what Wiscos do best, let’s dig ourselves out of this mess. I’ve got well-worn shovels for all. We dig snow, we dig dirt, we can dig in the trenches and exhume our season from the depths of our depressions and get right in our heads. I will help you all, just bring some needles and thread, we can sew up this division championship yet.

    and then one and done—-playing one more game than the houston texans……loved how the officials were so unbiased yesterday too. how come sharon is so far behind manning in tds and yards?

  38. You Viking fans can get a head start now on figuring out how the Packers – a soft team with only one fairly good player, a bad coach, and a horrible GM – have somehow managed to go 7-1-1 during the last 4 years against your rock-hard, talent-laden team.
    Happy Holidays!

  39. The Helga girls are all like Brett sucks…then Brett used them and Brett became great..till he dumped them and went home..then they were all like..”we love Christine..she’ so so cool and pretty and talented..and then they were all like. ” gosh,Sharon and Erin..suck”.

  40. Rodgers has now missed 8 games due to injury in 5 seasons as a full-time starter.

    Over 9 seasons as a full-time starter in Green Bay, Favre missed zero.

    Case rested.

    Favre can’t remember things anymore either.

  41. Hard to tell these days who’s truly the softest player in Green Bay. Clay is working hard to take that away from Erin.

    Neither brings back memories of Favre’s toughness. #fragile

    Yep..no one like Favre…he never sat down,now he is on the Today show saying he wish he did. And he WAS a warrior,until he put on purple.

  42. Karen is scared now. He doesn’t want to take another hit like that.
    Can’t wait to see that little weisel face out there again!
    Shea McClellin will get one more crack (Get it?) at Sharon!
    you can bank on it from here on out, Clay will be injury prone.
    Karen will be much more scared now. He’ll be running around back there like a girl, and you can take this to the bank, He’s going to take another shot, maybe this year, but next year for sure that’s going to put him OUT!
    For all you saying Peterson is weak….HAHA. That. Is. All.
    HA, ok one more HAHAHA!

  43. FAVRE=TOUGHEST SOB TO PLAY THE GAME!!

    Karen: Well, he’s just not tough. He takes a hit and looks at a ref for a flag. FAVRE would WELCOME the hit and get up and look AT THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER saying “that’s all you got?”

    Yea, Karen is a cryer.

  44. NFC North, the division no one wants to win.
    No doubt it is the division no one deserves to win.

    It’s a shame that next week’s Bears-Packers game will be decisive, determining who will be slaughtered in the first round of the playoffs.

    Says the fan of the team that was healthy most of the year.

  45. It is really too bad that the Packers have injuries on their team. I mean, no other team in the NFL is affected by injuries. The fact that the Packers have even won a game is a testament to their incredible spirit and will.

    Nice sarcasm ,but since the Vikings were healthy all year,what’s your excuse?? last I checked ,Packers still have a chance to win the division..so again I ask,what’s your excuse?

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