When Clay Matthews had to leave Sunday’s Green Bay Packers game versus the Arizona Cardinals, the sense of fear in Lambeau Field was palpable. Green Bay’s best defensive weapon, one of the best defensive players in the league, was out for the rest of the game. Left in his place was a gaping hole in the center of the linebacking corps. The Packers should consider themselves fortunate to be on a bye week, as Matthews will most likely only miss two games, at most, rather than three. With Green Bay in the thick of a postseason battle and a fight for control of the NFC North, they can not afford to have their best defensive player on the bench for an extended period of time.
The defense received other unfortunate news this week as well, discovering that rookie linebacker Nick Perry would miss the rest of the season with a wrist injury. The injuries keep on coming for Green Bay’s defense, as they have already lost Sam Shields and Charles Woodson, and really cannot afford to lose any more. However as all you Packers fans can attest to, Green Bay has been down this path before and has managed to come out on top. With the news that this injury to Matthews will only keep him sidelined for a couple of weeks, fans can breathe a sigh of relief and hope that he can return to top form in time to make a playoff push. Green Bay’s recent resurgence has left them with a slim margin for error, much more than they had after they lost to the Colts and dropped to 2-3. Though the Pack would certainly like to have him back, they can relax this week before gameplanning for Detroit and then the Giants on Thanksgiving weekend.