UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
Clay Matthews' hamstring injury may keep him on the sidelines for a few games.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said that initial evaluations suggest that he will not be in the lineup when the Packers return to action after a bye week, as noted by the team's Twitter.
McCarthy at podium-Matthews (hamstring) early diagnosis is it may be a couple of weeks. Clay doesn’t feel it's as bad as it was in the past— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 5, 2012
Matthews is the latest Green Bay star to suffer an injury, and the team is looking awfully thin on both sides of the ball. The defense will desperately need its best pass rusher back on the field as soon as possible.
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The news comes from ESPN's Josina Anderson:
PBA: Clay Matthews, hamstring, questionable. #Packers— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) November 4, 2012
With the Packers controlling the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter, not only did the dynamic linebacker barely miss an important sack, but he also was taken to the locker room with a noticeable limp.
The Pack, who have lost Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Charles Woodson among others to various injuries this season, know how to deal with injuries by now, but that doesn't make losing Matthews any easier.
The fourth-year stud out of USC already has nine sacks this season, which puts him just 0.5 behind NFL leader J.J. Watt. He recorded six in the first two games of the season. There's only been three games (not counting this week) where he hasn't taken down the quarterback.
Basically, he's an absolute menace in the backfield and makes things a lot easier for the rest of Green Bay's defense. If he is forced to miss any time, it would be a significant blow.
We'll be sure to keep you updated as more becomes known surrounding the Packers' star linebacker.