Packers rule out Clay Matthews

Updated: December 26, 2013, 10:29 AM ET
Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will miss Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears for the NFC North title after aggravating a right thumb injury.

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AP Photo/Mike RoemerClay Matthews was ruled out for Sunday after aggravating his right thumb.

Green Bay didn't practice Wednesday but issued an injury report as though it did. Matthews was listed as out.

Matthews got hurt during a sack in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Matthews missed four games earlier this season after initially breaking the thumb in Week 5 in October.

Matthews looked to be in extreme pain on the sideline Sunday after the sack. Coach Mike McCarthy has described it as a "repeat injury."

The Packers had Christmas Day off. They return to practice Thursday, when the team also is expected to announce whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers is ready to return from a left collarbone injury.


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