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.