Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews suffered a broken thumb in the third quarter of the Packers 22-9 win against the Detroit Lions and is expected to miss about a month of playing time.
Matthews exited the game after sustaining the injury, which occurred when he sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
On the season, Matthews has 18 tackles and three sacks. A four-time Pro-Bowler, Matthews has recorded 45 1/2 sacks in his first five seasons in the NFL, all spent with the Packers, since they chose him 26th overall in the 2009 NFL draft.
Matthews was not the only defensive loss the Packers suffered Sunday. Inside linebacker Rob Francois tore his right achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season. Francois
The Packers have options behind Matthews- defensive end/linebacker Mike Neal and outside linebacker Nick Perry can both fill his role, until he returns. The Packers also have two rookies, Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer, who may see playing time in the wake of the two injuries at the linebacker position.