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The bum thumb

by Mark Daniels

Even when the Packers win, they lose.  Clay Matthews may be sidelined up to a month because of a broken thumb suffered Sunday against the Detroit Lions.  Head Coach Mike McCarthy offered no update late this afternoon saying Matthews was still being evaluated  but it didn't take long for reports to surface that Matthews, the four time Pro Bowler, will need surgery to repair the break and that could force him out until November.  Even upon his return, Matthews might be forced to have his healing hand wrapped in a club-like padding, much like Morgan Burnett had to endure a couple of years ago and before him, Cullen Jenkins.  Reporters caught up with Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers at the stadium and he offered thoughts on living without Clay, again:

Audio: Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers on Clay's broken thumb.

Capers mentioned Perry (2 sacks) and Neal (1 sack) being asked to pick up the slack but Matthews' loss is not unlike the absence of Calvin Johnson for the Lions on Sunday, he's that critical of a playmaker.  Clay's bad news is only part of the linebacking corps' rough day.  Brad Jones has a hamstring injury and while the Packers offered no updates Monday, it did not appear very encouraging walking him struggle to the sidelines.   Even worse, Robert Francois had his season come to and end, rupturing his achilles tendon while subbing for Jones.  He was formally placed on injured reserve Monday.  To take his roster spot, the Packers promoted defensive back James Nixon from the practice squad.  Nixon is a first year player from California University in Pennsylvania, joining the Packers practice squad for the final 14 weeks last season after getting a training camp shot with Arizona in the summer of 2012.  He returned to the practice squad after this summer's camp.

Another note, from out west.  The Oakland Raiders have cut Matt Flynn.  My how fast he's fallen.  After putting up a strong outing for the Pack against the New England Patriots on the road in 2010, ,and throwing six touchdown passes against the Lions in the 2011 home finale, Flynn landed a huge free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks.   Seattle drafted Russell Wilson in the third round and he beat out Flynn.  Dealt to the Oakland Raiders, Flynn couldn't beat out Terrell Pryor for the job, although he started one game this season when Pryor was injured.  He threw a pick and fumbled after helping the Raiders to a 14-0 lead and the game was lost.  I've heard Flynn has pocketed nearly 14 million dollars since leaving Green Bay, starting just one NFL game.  Can't feel too sorry for him.