Earlier this season, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews missed some time with a thumb injury before eventually returning to the field with a giant club on his injured hand. Matthews was hoping to be a part of the team’s final playoff push, but he suffered an injury on Sunday that could keep him out for the Packers final game in Week 17.
Matthews suffered the thumb injury during a sack of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and then he headed to the locker room for further evaluation.
Unfortunately for Matthews, it appears that the injury was a “repeat” of the fractured thumb he suffered earlier in the year.
“I couldn’t give you a timeline, but I think based off the history of what happened the first time, I’m told it’s similar to [a] repeat injury,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said after the game, via ESPN.com.
When Matthews initially suffered the injury, he missed four weeks.
If that timeline is similar to the length that he will be out this time around, then Matthews would likely miss the remainder of the season even if Green Bay is able to reach the playoffs.