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Clay Matthews Suffered Repeat Injury

Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews injured his thumb in the second quarter of Sunday’s game and didn’t return. He probably won’t be returning for a while.

Matthews, who broke his thumb on October 6, has reportedly reinjured the digit.

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

The injury happened on a sack, just like the first one did. Matthews has 7.5 of those in what has been a pretty lackluster season. The sack was also the 50th of his career.

At any rate, the Packers will likely be without Matthews when they face the Chicago Bears in week 17 for the division title. And that probably means they’ll generate zero pass rush.

Even with Matthews in the lineup, the Packers had only one sack on Sunday.

Nick Perry and Andy Mulumba took turns playing Matthews’ spot on Sunday after he went out. Mulumba had six tackles. Perry had… nothing.

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  1. Ryan December 23, 2013

    Perry had something alright. A dumb-ass play that gave them a first down at the end of the game when we just held them to a field goal. We could have gotten the ball back, down by 3, with a lot more time on the clock. Always nice when the only time your name is called during a game is when you f up. Dude really hasn’t shown a whole lot since we got him. Couple nice plays here and there, but not exactly top-pick worthy.

    Seriously though, how many dag-gum injuries can we have!? Yes, a lot of them are freak accidents that nobody can prevent, but come on! Are we drafting guys made of glass or something or how do we sustain this many injuries!? I don’t think there is a single player, other than Hawk (yay!) who hasn’t been injured this year. It’s unreal.

    Speaking of Hawk – has that guy gone more than 3 series without losing his lid? Is the equipment dept. short on chin straps or something, or how does he ALWAYS lose his helmet? It’s almost comical how often it happens. I hate to pick on the guy because he seems to me like a hell of a human being. But on the football field, I just don’t see the talent that I was hoping he had when we took him. Guess that’s what happens when you draft from Ohio St.

  2. Jurgens December 23, 2013

    Can we move Jones back to the outside and Lattimore inside or something? I don’t see anything in Mulumba and Perry is a straight up BUST as this point.

  3. PF4L December 23, 2013

    I’m shocked Teddy let Clay come back before his thumb healed and risked re-injury. (cough)

  4. greg December 23, 2013

    How do you injure the same thumb when you’re wearing a brace to protect it!!!

  5. T Pack December 23, 2013

    That “brace” was pretty much just a large glove. It is funny how they let Matthews come back too early but not Rodgers. Especially after the “organization” has been telling us that not one player is more important than another. Starting to believe it might be Rodgers who feels like he isn’t ready and the “organization” is taking the hit to protect his reputation. Something to think about.

  6. Iltarion December 23, 2013

    This is a big concern in my book. The Packers just gave this guy a nice stack of guaranteed money, and now we’re stuck with him. Now we have to worry every season about his hamstring AND his thumb flaring up again.

    Perry didn’t get to play much in the game. His foot is clearly bothering him. Let’s not forget that he also had a broken bone to get over.

    Dude has made some plays this season. He and Mike Neal would be fine at the edge if they were healthy. The problem is that they are both injured, of course.

    The injuries on this team are preposterous.

  7. PF4L December 24, 2013

    And McKenzie medically cleared Clay to play, risking re-injury before he was healed? Read what you want into that.