Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will likely need surgery on his broken thumb and will miss about a month, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this afternoon.
Matthews injured his thumb on the final play of the third quarter when he sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy didn’t reveal any information on Matthews’ injury at his press conference this afternoon.
“I'm hopeful it's not season-ending," McCarthy said. "I think we're all hopeful, but you have to get all the opinions and make sure you always do right by the player.”
The Packers will use Mike Neal and Nick Perry as their primary outside linebackers in Matthews’ absence.
Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said today that Neal and Perry played their best games of the season and were awarded game balls for their efforts.
Matthews was unblocked on the sack in which he was injured.
“If you watch it, you can just kinda see at the end he kinda falls on it,” said McCarthy.
Matthews was not in the locker room after the game or today during media access.