Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews Officially Ruled Out Against Detroit Lions

By Michael Terrill

Green Bay Packers (6-3) head coach Mike McCarthy announced Wednesday that outside linebacker Clay Matthews is officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions (5-4).

Matthews, who is tied for fourth in the NFL with nine sacks, suffered a hamstring injury in Green Bay’s 31-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals (4-5) two Sunday’s ago. Matthews fell awkwardly when he attempted to bring down quarterback John Skelton and immediately limped off the field. The medical staff looked him over and then led him into the locker room well before the conclusion of the game.

McCarthy is optimistic that Matthews could return sooner than anticipated. However, the coach is currently taking a week by week approach with his defensive star. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers appeared more worried about the injury immediately after the game against the Cardinals as he is concerned about how he will devise a plan to stop talented offenses without his top playmakers.

“Clay’s a difference maker,” said Capers. “Hopefully, we’ll get good news, and hopefully he’ll be back sooner than what we think.”

Green Bay signed former Packer Vic So’oto to the 53-man roster to fill Bryan Bulaga’s spot after the right tackle suffered a hip injury that cost him the season. So’oto will most likely see some decent playing with rookie Nick Perry done for the season and Matthews out at least another week. So’oto recorded seven tackles and one sack in seven games with Green Bay last season.

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, fullback John Kuhn and tight end Andrew Quarless are healthy enough to play. The Packers desperately need the help of all three of these players if they want to defeat a talented Lions team.

Green Bay will have to do what they can to muster some sort of pass rush against Detroit’s top ranked pass offense. This means outside linebackers Erik Walden and Dezman Moses, as well as, the defensive line must step up in the sack department if the Packers want to keep their four-game win streak alive.

Michael is a MLB and NBA Featured Writer for Rant Sports, but covers topics for various teams in baseball, basketball, and football. Make sure to follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelTerrill and on Facebook.

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