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Packers Lose Clay Matthews For At Least A Month

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Clay Matthews fractured his thumb Sunday and will be required to miss at least a month. Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images
Clay Matthews fractured his thumb Sunday and will be required to miss at least a month. Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images

Adam Schefter tweeted Monday that Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews would miss at least a month after fracturing his thumb during the team’s Week 5 game against the Detroit Lions. He also said that Matthews is still undergoing testing, meaning that season-ending surgery has not yet been ruled out.

This is a huge loss for the Packers defense. Matthews is their most talented outside rusher, and that’s putting it mildly. A more accurate statement is that he’s their only competent outside pass rusher. Through the team’s first four games, Matthews has 18 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

The team also lost LBs Brad Jones and Rob Francois to injury on Sunday. Francois was placed on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles’ tendon, and Jones was pulled from the game with a hamstring injury. His status for Week 6 is unknown, and it doesn’t look good.

We should know more in the coming days. Best-case scenario for Matthews: he misses a month; worst-case scenario (and, quite honestly, a disaster): he requires surgery and misses the remainder of the season.