Packers’ Clay Matthews suffers broken thumb vs. Lions

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Clay Matthews paid a price for his sack in the Green Bay Packers’ 22-9 win Sunday afternoon over the Detroit Lions. According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Matthews broke his thumb.

After Matthews took down Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford for a 12-yard loss late in the third quarter, the Packers’ star outside linebacker jogged to the locker room and did not return. At the time, it was simply announced in the press box as a thumb injury with Matthews’ return being listed as questionable.

This is the second consecutive game in which Matthews was injured on a big play that he made. In Week 3, Matthews injured his hamstring and missed the remainder of the game after he sacked Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and forced a fumble.

Matthews was not available for comment in the locker room after the game. A couple of his teammates were not even aware that Matthews had suffered an injury.

There was much worse news, however, for Green Bay inside linebacker Robert Francois. The team announced at the start of coach Mike McCarthy’s press conference that Francois tore his Achilles tendon.

“I feel terrible about Robert’s situation,” McCarthy said.

Francois, who was carted to the locker room late in the third quarter, refused to comment in the locker room to a small group of reporters.

Francois was only on the field because starting inside linebacker Brad Jones suffered a hamstring injury in the second quarter. Jones did not return to the game.

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