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Clay Matthews ruled out for wild card round game with 49ers

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If the Green Bay Packers hope to get Clay Matthews back on the field this season, they need to have their season extend beyond this weekend’s game with the San Francisco 49ers.

According to Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Matthews will not be available for the Packers this week in their playoff opener.

“I really don’t have a feel for Clay as far as where he is. I really haven’t even seen him to talk to him,” McCarthy said. “You’re always cautious with players after surgery.

“Right now he’s out for this week and that’s really what we’re focused on.”

Matthews injured his right thumb on a sack of Ben Roethlisberger in Green Bay’s Week 16 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. McCarthy called it “a repeat injury” of the injury suffered by Matthews against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 6. That injury forced Matthews to miss four games for the Packers. Matthews did not play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Matthews has posted 7.5 sacks with 41 tackles and three forced fumbles for the Packers this season.

Matthews did play for the Packers in their season opening 34-28 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco. Colin Kaepernick threw for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns against the Packers that day. It was the only 300-yard game of the season for Kaepernick before Sunday’s season finale against the Arizona Cardinals.

With Kaepernick’s dominant performance against the Packers last year in the playoffs as well, Green Bay will need to find someway to slow the 49ers’ offensive attack and do so without Matthews in the lineup.

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38 Responses to “Clay Matthews ruled out for wild card round game with 49ers”
  1. dirtysouthniner says: Dec 30, 2013 11:04 PM

    Thats to bad,good luck next year thor! Go niners

  2. hansenbrothers says: Dec 30, 2013 11:04 PM

    He’s done. If they mess around with that anymore he’s gonna have nerve damage.

  3. 7ftgriff says: Dec 30, 2013 11:05 PM

    As a Niner fan this bums me out. I wanted to see Staley finish off this cheap shot artist.

  4. f1restarter says: Dec 30, 2013 11:05 PM

    He’ll be ready for the Super Bowl.

  5. farvite says: Dec 30, 2013 11:07 PM

    Divisional game will be against Seattle… which he’ll probably still miss.

  6. deevo265 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:19 PM

    Sucks he won’t be able to “come with some knuckles” when he would’ve sacked Kap.

  7. purpwalk says: Dec 30, 2013 11:24 PM

    lock up the moonshine, the hootenanny is on in greenbillie

  8. jayniner says: Dec 30, 2013 11:25 PM

    Ronnie Lott cut of his finger tip during a game so he could get back out on the field and play, which he did.

    What’s your excuse Clay?

  9. riverhorsey says: Dec 30, 2013 11:27 PM

    It’s Clay Matthews, put his hand in a cast and put him on the field.

  10. waxthat says: Dec 30, 2013 11:29 PM

    The Packers are fortunate to be hosting this game.. otherwise it would be a blowout.

  11. explosionsauce says: Dec 30, 2013 11:36 PM

    I’m not an injured player, I’m an awesome player.

  12. vincentbojackson says: Dec 30, 2013 11:42 PM

    Just prop up his Fat Head decal before each snap.

  13. alldonesmith says: Dec 30, 2013 11:49 PM

    Good. After Matthews lunged at and clotheslined an already-out-of-bounds Kaepernick in Week 1, I didn’t really want to see what he would do to try to hurt Kaep in Round 2.

  14. chawk12thman says: Dec 30, 2013 11:54 PM

    SF just got more confident in a win. I think they do win and come to Seattle next. Looking forward to it………

  15. theoriginalbvan says: Dec 30, 2013 11:54 PM

    Is that supposed to be a news flash?

    He’ll be out for awhile and we don’t need him back with one of those “bowling ball” wraps like he wore the last time.
    We sink or swim with what we got.

  16. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 31, 2013 12:28 AM

    He won’t be coming with knuckles.

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  17. duece5 says: Dec 31, 2013 1:07 AM

    PED’s……just say NO kids!!!!!

  18. detroit20iron says: Dec 31, 2013 1:41 AM

    Dislike the niners more than most teams but I think they beat down the pack. Hopefully the north will be restored to the glory days of the black and blue. Just blue this year…

  19. kaeprulestheworld says: Dec 31, 2013 1:43 AM

    It’s will be a great game.

  20. omeimontis says: Dec 31, 2013 1:48 AM

    Back in the old days, they will just put his hand in a cast and put him back out there.

  21. chris49erallen says: Dec 31, 2013 2:51 AM

    lets go 49ers baby oooo yea green bay cant stop us. Cant wait so see them packer fans at my bar crying.

  22. packerbackersince71 says: Dec 31, 2013 3:20 AM

    … This will be the Most Watched Playoff Game of the Weekend … I will guess the Weather will have a Major effect on the Outcome and I just can’t see the 49ers comfortable playing in the extreme cold for 4 quarters … Early Packers Scores will break their Spirits and Harbaugh will have his usual childish meltdown , probably too many meds !!! … GO PACK GO !!! …

  23. bigdaddyrockytop says: Dec 31, 2013 3:36 AM

    He has a sprained thumbstring. He makes too much money to be hurt all the time.

  24. floratiotime says: Dec 31, 2013 4:53 AM

    The roids are burning him up.

  25. boomboombrown says: Dec 31, 2013 5:48 AM

    Soft.

  26. ninerguy4983 says: Dec 31, 2013 5:57 AM

    Dang, now who is Kap going to blow past over and over?

  27. GenXJay says: Dec 31, 2013 6:38 AM

    He couldn’t bring the knuckles the last two games vs. 9ers. In other words ol’ Fathead® a pragmatic nonfit.

  28. youngs79 says: Dec 31, 2013 7:17 AM

    Soft, Overrated player. If it wasn’t for the 3-4 defense, he’d have no sacks and would be an average linebacker in the NFL. He should stick to making soup commercials.

  29. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 31, 2013 7:36 AM

    As a Packer fan I know other Packer fans will tear me up for saying this, but we probably have a better chance of winning with Clay on the bench. The guy is phenomenal when it comes to blitzing but if he has to do anything in front of the line of scrimmage, forget about it. Clay is a beast but he really isn’t worth what he gets paid.

  30. discosucs2005 says: Dec 31, 2013 8:25 AM

    The Packers mistake has been trying to beat the Niners offense by mirroring it when they have the ball. They’ve run more against the Niners than they usually do, and it’s cost them. If they want to win, and, as a Niner fan, I think they can, they need to play their game letting Rodgers try to hit intermediate routes all day, and running the ball late after the linebackers are dropping deeper, and the safeties are tired after making tackles all day.

    If they come out and try to run the ball in the first half over and over again, it’s entirely possible that, instead of keeping the ball away from the Niners offense like they hope, they’ll just cause early three and outs and let Kap get into a rhythm. If they give the Niners a lead and put them in a situation where they can lean on Gore, it’s going to be a tough game.

    Conversely, the Niners need to not be afraid to let Kap play his game early. They haven’t let him run much this year, including against the Packers, but they need to let him pick up the first downs he’s passed on looking down field. If the Packers have made the adjustments to stop Kap, make them prove it by not hiding him in the first half like they have been up until Arizona.

  31. mrgreenbird says: Dec 31, 2013 8:34 AM

    Must be tough to brush his hair with a hurt thumb…he must be really upset.

  32. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 31, 2013 11:09 AM

    Phew!

    – Clay Matthews

  33. 49erfan44 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:43 AM

    One. Trick. Pony.

  34. workman30 says: Dec 31, 2013 11:54 AM

    Packers are playing with house money at this point. 49ers have way more to lose than the Pack

  35. srgpsycho says: Dec 31, 2013 12:13 PM

    I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t play.

  36. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 31, 2013 12:22 PM

    Go Packers! This will be as glorious as the 7-9 team beating the reigning Super Bowl Champs.

    One thing I have seen is Packers improved run defense. Pass rush is suffering without Mathews. 49ers secondary got lit up by Falcons and Cardinals coming into the playoffs.

  37. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 31, 2013 1:22 PM

    I understand the Vikings will be missing some of their key players this weekend too.

  38. thesconnienation says: Dec 31, 2013 1:31 PM

    Heard a rumor that he had called AP for tips on PEDs

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