Pay per head sportsbooks learned that Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers linebacker, underwent this week another surgery on his broken right thumb after injuring it again in the team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
“They have not given me a timeline on Clay,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday.
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that this season, it was the second time that the player injured that thumb. The first time was on October 6 against the Detroit Lions, when he broke it while sacking QB Matthew Stafford.
Pay per head sportsbooks found out that the next day, Matthews had surgery to have pins inserted in his hand to fix what was diagnosed as a Bennett’s fracture. On November 4, the player had the pins removed, and he returned for the game on November 10 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
He wore a hard, protective cast that covered his entire right hand for one game and after that he wore a smaller cast.
McCarthy said that the injury was similar after Matthews hurt his thumb again on Sunday when he sacked Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger.
The four-time Pro Bowl selection leads Green Bay with 7.5 sacks even though they missed four games after his first injury. Pay per head sportsbooks saw that the player was ruled out for the game on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, and if the timeline is similar to his first injury, he probably could not play before the Super Bowl on February 2, if Green Bay were to make it that far.
“Obviously he’s not happy,” Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene said. “He’s not a happy camper. I mean, he’s a professional; he understands that’s the nature of the game. It’s a bad luck deal.”
In Matthews’ absence, the Packers will heavily depend on Nick Perry and Mike Neal. Perry (foot) and Neal (abdomen) were both held out of practice on Friday, but the players were listed as probable for their game on Sunday. On the roster, the only other outside linebackers are rookies Nate Palmer and Andy Mulumba.
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Price per head services saw that Palmer was inactive for the last five games.