Packers LB Matthews, Steelers WR Sanders out

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been knocked out of

Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after appearing to

reinjure his right thumb.

Steelers wideout Emmanuel Sanders was also knocked out with a

right knee injury. Sanders, the team’s second-leading receiver with

65 catches, had a 1-yard touchdown reception in the first


Matthews got hurt after sacking Ben Roethlisberger at the

Packers 43 with about five minutes left in the second. Matthews

appeared to be in pain as soon as he got up and ran to the


Teammates B.J. Raji and Mike Neal patted Matthews on the back as

he was attended to on the bench before Matthews went into the

locker room.

Matthews missed four games after hurting the thumb while

recording a sack Oct. 6 against Detroit. He leads Green Bay with 7

1/2 sacks.

Inside linebacker Brad Jones also left the game for the Packers

with an ankle injury. His return was questionable.

Pittsburgh also lost backup linebacker Terence Garvin to a left

knee injury.