Green Bay Packers star linebacker Clay Matthews suffered a broken thumb in Sunday’s victory over the Detroit Lions and could miss one month, reports ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
“I’m hopeful it’s not season-ending,” McCarthy said Monday. “I think we’re all hopeful, but you have to get all the opinions and make sure you always do right by the player.”
Matthews was injured on the final play of the third quarter when he sacked Matthew Stafford for a 12-yard loss. Team doctors took Matthews into the locker room shortly after the play.
Matthews has 18 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles this season. The thumb injury comes just two weeks after the 27-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in the third quarter of Green Bay’s Week 3 loss to the Bengals.
The Packers also announced Monday that they have signed cornerback James Nixon to the active roster from the practice squad and placed linebacker Robert Francois (Achilles) on injured reserve.