This past Sunday was a tough day for the Green Bay Packers despite coming away with a win. Not only did they watch wide receiver Jordy Nelson and offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga fall to injury, but they also had to endure the sight of All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews limping to the locker room.
Diagnosed with a pulled hamstring, Matthews isn’t expected to be back in the lineup as quickly as the Packers would like.
“Clay Matthews saw the doctors again today,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday. “The early diagnosis is it may be a couple of weeks.”
The injury occurred after Matthews almost sacked Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton. He limped off of the field after the play ended and was escorted to the locker room shortly after.
Matthews has a history of hamstring injuries since entering the NFL as a first-round pick back in 2009. In his first two seasons with the Packers, Matthews missed most of training camp due to pulled hamstrings.
Luckily for the Packers, this injury doesn’t appear to be as bad as previous encounters. According to McCarthy, “Clay doesn’t feel it’s as bad as in the past.” Although Matthews has only missed one game throughout his career while nursing an injury, his hamstrings remain a prevalent weakness.
The only silver lining to this whole situation is that the Packers are faced with a bye in Week 10, which couldn’t have come at a more-opportune time for a team riddled with injuries. This should give Matthews time to rehab his hamstring while allowing the Packers to gauge how quick of a recovery they can expect from their leader in sacks.
If Matthews is to sit out in Week 11, backup Erik Walden would likely fill in across from rookie linebacker Nick Perry. The Packers, however, will be hoping that Matthews can take the bye week to recover and be ready for their Nov. 18 showdown with the Detroit Lions.
Talk about perfect timing… Sorta.