Clay Matthews injured

Could the Green Bay Packers have linebacker Clay Matthews back on the field earlier than originally reported? Apparently they could, according to coach Mike McCarthy.

McCarthy was on SiriusXM Radio today and talked about Matthews’ broken thumb with¬†Rich Gannon and Bruce Murray.

“Clay’s injury is very unfortunate. It happens sometimes. It’s a little bit of an unusual one,” McCarthy said. “I look for him to be out multiple weeks. We’re in the three-to-four week range.”

It was originally reported that Matthews would be gone for four weeks. That was one of those kind of open-ended estimates, so pretty much everyone assumed it was four weeks and possibly longer.

So this is good news. Perhaps not coincidentally, if Matthews sits out just three weeks he’d be back for the Packers November 4 matchup with the Chicago Bears.

The Packers play the Eagles the following week.

Jason Wilde confirmed the estimate.

In other injury news, cornerback Casey Hayward practiced for the second straight day on Friday, but he’s been ruled out of Sunday’s game. Jarrett Bush is also questionable.