Green Bay Packers star outside linebacker Clay Matthews left yesterday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a thumb injury in the second quarter, as he suffered the injury on a sack of Ben Roethlisberger. Matthews walked off to the sideline in pain, and it’s a concerning development since he still isn’t fully healed from the severe Bennett’s fracture that he suffered on the thumb earlier this year.
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Weston Hodkiewicz, the thumb injury that Matthews suffered yesterday is an aggravation of the thumb injury he suffered in Week 5 against the Detroit Lions. He missed a month due to that initial fracture and needed surgery, and this latest injury could even cost Matthews his season.
Details are unsurprisingly scarce at this point in time, but it would be a huge shock to see Matthews out there next week against the Chicago Bears. Next week’s game between these two rivals will decide who wins the NFC North and captures a playoff spot, and the rivalry and revenge aspects of this matchup only add more to the importance of the game. Matthews is the team’s best player on defense for sure, so Nick Perry and others will need to step up in his absence. Consider Matthews out indefinitely, which is bad news for a Packers team that could very well be in the playoffs.