The Green Bay Packers were dealt a blow on Monday after learning that Clay Matthews will miss at least month of action with a fractured thumb. The team knew Matthews had a fracture following Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions, but it was initially thought he might be able to play through the injury. At this moment, Matthews is still undergoing testing to determine the exact amount of time he will be out. The bad news for Packers’ fans is that season-ending surgery is still a possibility.
“I’m hopeful it’s not season-ending. I think we’re all hopeful, but you have to get all the opinions and make sure you always do right by the player,” said head coach Mike McCarthy.
So it seems that Matthews missing a month could be best case scenario at this point. There aren’t any reports stating that he will play through the injury, so the four weeks on the shelf is in the middle of all the scenarios for the linebacker. Regardless, his loss is a big one for the Pack.
Through four games Green Bay is basically a middle of the road defensive team. The unit is giving up an average of 374 yards and 24 points per game. The Packers are currently ranked 22nd in the league with 12 sacks on the season and now they’ll be without their top pass-rusher.
All of this means one thing – more pressure will mount on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense. The high powered unit will now be forced to make a few more plays each game and put up a few more points. With any other team, this would be a big concern, but not with Rodgers at the helm. The former MVP will be up to the task, but I’m sure Packers’ fans are still worried without their best defensive player.