Clay Matthews and Eddie Lacy were the headliners again Sunday for the Green Bay Packers – but they were headlining the injury list, not the statistical lists where we’ve become so accustomed at seeing their names.
Both Matthews and Lacy appear to have suffered re-injuries and it’s unclear as to what their status is at this point. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday after the team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, that Matthews’ re-injured thumb would require at least as much time to heal as the first time he broke it midway through the year.
Though nothing has been officially announced, if that’s the case with Matthews, we can expect him to be gone for the season – even if the Packers make the playoffs.
And that brings up the status of rookie sensation running back Eddie Lacy. He left yesterday’s game in the second half, limping heavily and favoring the ankle that has bothered him for the past three weeks. He originally sprained his ankle on the final play of the first half of the Packers win over the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field. There have been
many, myself included, who have been critical of McCarthy’s play calling at that point in that game. The Packers had just gone down 21-10 and faced a third and forever with the clock running down. Instead of kneeling on the ball and running the clock out, McCarthy called a running play. Lacy took the ball and ran left for one yard, coming up limping.
The injured ankle has bothered him since and has kept him out of practice the past couple of weeks, but it’s unclear at this point just how severe the re-injury is.
We’ll know more by Tuesday, but I don’t expect Lacy to be practicing this week to prepare for the Bears in the Week 17 showdown in Chicago next Sunday.
In a season when the Packers have already suffered their share of injuries, these most recent to Matthews and Lacy only add insult to the injuries.
More will be announced on the team’s overall injury list as the week goes on. I expect that list to be rather long … once again.
Stay tuned …