Posted December 25, 2013

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews out vs. Bears with thumb injury

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is expected to miss a month with a broken thumb. (Tom Lynn/Getty Images)

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has a team-leading 7.5 sacks this season. (Tom Lynn/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will be out for Sunday’s season finale against the Chicago Bears after re-injuring his broken right thumb, the team announced.

Matthews hurt the thumb in Week 5 and missed four games before being injured again in last week’s game loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers after he sacked quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The Packers’ game against the Bears is for the NFC North Division title and a playoff spot.

The Packers had Christmas Day off and will return to practice Thursday, when the team is expected to announce whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers is ready to return after missing seven weeks with a broken collarbone.

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As a linebacker you need your hands. It's been a bad year for injuries. Makes other players step it up. Clay probably should have stayed out till his hand was completely healed. Oh well. Next year.


As a Packer fan, I've grown a tad tired of how injury prone Clay Matthews is becoming.

Brett Favre played multiple games with a broken thumb, on his throwing hand if I remember right. Put a cast on that and get back on the field Clay.