Packers LB Matthews out vs. Bears

Updated: December 25, 2013

Green Bay, WI ( – Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews’
injured right thumb will keep him out of the lineup for the Packers’ crucial
Week 17 clash with NFC North rival Chicago Bears.

Matthews originally broke his thumb on Oct. 6 and missed four games after
undergoing surgery. He returned to the lineup but re-injured the thumb while
sacking Matthew Stafford in the second quarter of Green Bay’s 38-31 loss to
Detroit on Dec. 22.

The winner of Sunday’s tilt will claim the NFC North crown and host a first
round playoff game.

Green Bay has Christmas off but will return to practice on Thursday. It will
be determined then if quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) will be ready to
return to the field.