The Green Bay Packers are getting ready to move forward without linebacker Clay Matthews, who injured his right thumb again in the team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and pay per head sportbooks wonder how the player’s absence could affect the team’s performance.
The linebacker underwent medical evaluations on Monday, but pay per head sportsbooks learned that it is not likely that in Week 17 he will play at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears with the NFC North title in jeopardy.
“The training staff didn’t feel very good about the injury,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday. “So we’re still working through the process.”
Pay per head sportsbooks found out that there also wasn’t anything definite about running back Eddie Lacy or quarterback Aaron Rodgers. McCarthy said that he did not talk with team physician Pat McKenzie about Rodgers’ fractured collarbone, but he planned to meet with general manager Ted Thompson to make “a quicker decision” on the player’s status. The team waited until Friday before they ruled him out for the past three weeks.
Price per head services learned that Lacy’s sprained right ankle was aggravated in the third quarter on Sunday and he didn’t return to the game.
“Eddie, he’s sore, which he has been pretty much the whole season,” McCarthy said. “We’re not going to practice on the field until Thursday, so I’ll probably have a better feel for where he’s at”
Matthews suffered a broken thumb on an October 6 sack of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. It was diagnosed as a Bennett’s fracture and needed surgery to have pins inserted for the break to stabilize. The player had the pins removed on November 4, and six days later he returned against the Philadelphia Eagles after not playing for four games.
In his first game back, Matthews wore a club cast covering his whole right hand. The next week, when Green Bay faced the New York Giants, the player wore a smaller cast that let him move his fingers.
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Pay per head sportsbooks saw that Matthews wore a small cast on Sunday, but he still injured his thumb in the second quarter when he sacked Ben Roethlisberger. The player appeared to immediately know that he was injured because he ran off the field holding his right arm by his side.