Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews left Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh after sacking Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. As he crawled away from Roethlisberger and walked off the field, he appeared to be favoring his right hand.
Matthews headed to the locker room and wouldn’t return to the game.
Coach Mike McCarthy and the Packers have now learned that their star linebacker suffered a similar injury to his right thumb from earlier in the season. Against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 6, Matthews broke his right thumb while sacking quarterback Matthew Stafford.
“I couldn’t give you a timeline,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy stated, “but I think based off the history of what happened the first time, I’m told it’s similar to [a] repeat injury.”
With no timeline, and knowing that it took Matthews five weeks to return to play from the previous injury, his season could potentially be over.
Green Bay lost to Pittsburgh, 38-31, to fall to 7-7-1 on the season.