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Clay Matthews Has a Broken Thumb

Clay Matthews

The Green Bay Packers should probably start looking at free agent linebackers. Clay Matthews broke his thumb in the win against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Add to that Brad Jones, who hurt his — what else? — hamstring and Robert Francois, who tore his Achilles tendon.

We should know more about Matthews’ injury today, but there’s a chance he’ll be able to play through it. If he doesn’t need surgery, Matthews could play with a cast. If he does need surgery, he’ll miss several games.

Matthews suffered the fracture in the third quarter when he sacked Matthew Stafford. Ironically, he was unblocked on the play and had a free shot at the quarterback.

Matthews sat out the fourth quarter Sunday. He also missed the second half of the Packers last game against Cincinnati because of a hamstring issue.

So when do we start calling this guy injury prone?

The good news is, both Nick Perry and Mike Neal stepped up on Sunday. Neal had a sack and Perry had two, in what was by far his finest game as a pro.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. the real russ letlow October 7, 2013

    pray for no surgery. he can club it up and get his butt in there. might be able to cause some fumbles with the club. Burnett did the club thing in 2011.

  2. iltarion October 7, 2013

    Based on our luck, I would assume surgery and he’s out 4-6 weeks.

    I still think we can go 3-3 during those 6 weeks without him and be in the race when he gets back.

  3. Doug October 7, 2013

    I think the injury prone label is probably appropriate at this point. Just a guess, but it feels like he’s missed close to 1/3 of all games played the last couple years.

  4. E. Wolf October 7, 2013

    Mac said he is hopeful it will not be season ending. This may just not be our year. Even if we do win the division, how will we defeat the Saints, Seahawks (unless at Lambeau but that will not happen), Broncos.

  5. Kristofer from Oshkosh October 7, 2013

    In how many seasons has Matthews been out of practice all week and just played on Sunday for the game? Maybe, the label he should be given, pending the effects of this injury, should be tough? Or we can just say- Injury Prone Tough Guy. I don’t think he has really missed that many games as Doug, above, says.

  6. First down! October 7, 2013

    4 weeks

  7. J C October 8, 2013

    Hate to admit it, but this dude as talented as he is, IS a ‘liablility’ with all the down time he has spent on the sideline. Is he worth the payrolla? Not in my business mind. I say next season with another lengthy injury ‘layoff’ could make this dude expendable in the eyes of Packer Organization. Remember, Even though he was older (but still playing now) is what cost Charles Woodson in staying on with the Pack. Sorry Clay… love ya dude…but it is what it is, in the ‘short’ life in the NFL.