Beat reporters share comments from Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy during his weekly day-after-game press conference:
Mike McCarthy press conference. “Clay Matthews’ injury situation … all of the information isn’t in yet. Don’t have all the info.” #Packers
— Paul Imig (@Paulimig) October 7, 2013
MM: In Clay’s case, first step is to find out exactly what needs to be done with injury. Have had guys play with clubs, others surgery.
— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) October 7, 2013
Obviously as the best player on the defensive side of the football for the Packers, the loss of Matthews would be a big blow.
Fortunately the Packers got good play from two other outside linebackers on their roster in Mike Neal and Nick Perry this past Sunday in a win over the Lions. How well they can play over the long run, however, is up for debate.
The Packers also have depth in the form of rookies Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer.
Regardless of who else might play outside linebacker, however, the Packers will still miss Matthews’ all-out mentality and ability. No player on the roster has shown to provide a consistent pass rush as much as Matthews.
One option available to the Packers would be to place Matthews on short-term injured reserve list, in which they can replace him on the roster for six weeks.
Obviously they would have to be sure Matthews would definitely miss at least six weeks if they were going to go that route.
More information may come available by the time the Packers practice next on Wednesday, which also represents the next opportunity for McCarthy to meet with the media.
In the meantime, the Packers can make at least one roster move in the very near future. McCarthy said on Monday that general manager Ted Thompson would announce a roster move by the end of the day, likely signaling linebacker Rob Francois being placed on season-ending injured reserve.