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Clay Matthews leaves game after re-aggravating thumb injury (GIF)

Clay MatthewsClay Matthews left Sunday’s Green Bay Packers-Pittsburgh Steelers game after re-aggravating his thumb injury.

Matthews sacked Ben Roethlisberger on a 3rd-and-9 play at the Green Bay 43 that led to a punt. Matthews was in obvious pain after making the tackle and was looking at his right hand as he headed off the field. He later went to the locker room.

Matthews fractured his thumb in Week 5 against the Detroit Lions, had surgery, and returned in Week 10. It was expected that Matthews would be out until Week 11 or 12, so he returned earlier than expected.

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Clay Matthews’ thumb injury to keep him out at least a month

Clay Matthews PackersClay Matthews is likely to miss a month because of his thumb injury, and surgery is considered likely, according to a report.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news on Monday and says the Green Bay Packers All-Pro linebacker is undergoing testing. If Matthews needs surgery, which Schefter says is likely, he would likely be out at least a month.

FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer later shared more information about Matthews’ injury. According to Glazer, Matthews has a Bennett fracture. Glazer says Matthews’ thumb needed to be stabilized w pins because it’s dislocated. The pins reportedly will be out in four weeks, and Matthews would need more time to heal after that.

The Packers improved to 2-2 after a 22-9 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Matthews had a sack before leaving with the thumb injury. He has made the Pro Bowl every year he has been in the league. The Packers defense will be in major trouble without him. He is a big-time gamechanger.

Clay Matthews forces fumble with awesome flying tackle

Clay Matthews forced a fumble that the Green Bay Packers returned for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday after making a sweet flying tackle.

Matthews came in around the edge on a 3rd and 1 at the Cincinnati 22 and launched himself at BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Matthews leveled Green-Ellis, forcing the ball loose. MD Jennings picked up the ball and returned it for a touchdown to make it 14-10 Cincinnati.

The amazing play by Matthews was part of a string of plays that went Green Bay’s way. After the Packers allowed a touchdown on Cincinnati’s opening drive and then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and allowed another touchdown to fall behind 14-0, they caused four straight turnovers to get back in the game. They got an interception by Sam Shields, forced and recovered a Jermaine Gresham fumble, forced and recovered the Green-Ellis fumble, and they forced and recovered an Andy Dalton fumble.

Below is a good look at the airborne Matthews and another angle for the play:

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Alex Boone wants to punch Clay Matthews in the face

Alex BooneSan Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Alex Boone is not satisfied with the $15,000 fine Clay Matthews received for his late hit on Colin Kaepernick last weekend. Oh no. Boone has a much more physical revenge plan in mind.

“Probably just punch him in the face,” Boone answered when asked how much he would have fined Matthews. “No, I don’t want his money.”

Coach Jim Harbaugh, who had some words for Matthews earlier in the week, tried to keep his talk to a minimum when asked about the fine.

“I have zero reaction to the fines,” Harbaugh said on Friday, via CSN Bay Area. “At the direction of the league, I have nothing to say about that.”

I think I speak for all NFL fans when I say I’d love to see a round two between these teams. Let’s hope they get another chance to meet during the playoffs.

Video of Boone’s comments is below:

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Clay Matthews: I’m not a dirty player, I’m an awesome player

Clay-Matthews-Single-Season-Sack-RecordGreen Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews took a few days to think about it, but he finally came up with a brilliant response to San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh criticizing him over his late hit on Colin Kaepernick. Many people have accused Matthews of being a dirty player after he launched himself through the air and took out Kaepernick. To those people, Matthews has this to say.

“I’m an awesome player,” he told reporters on Thursday, via Around the League. “I’m not a dirty player.”

I guess that settles that.

“I think my resume’s pretty good right now,” Matthews added. “I think we’re doing all right.”

While Matthews would score very low on the modesty scale, he has a point. He is one of the best pass rushers in the game and doesn’t exactly have an Ndamukong Suh-like track record when it comes to disciplinary action from the league. He was slapped with a $5,000 fine once for a uniform violation and the same amount another time for grabbing Jay Cutler’s facemask. Dirty? No. A bit conceited? It would seem so.

Jim Harbaugh: Clay Matthews will have to work on ‘tough guy’ image after slap

Clay-Matthews-Single-Season-Sack-RecordThe second Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews committed a penalty with a late hit on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, you knew Jim Harbaugh would have sound be sounding off in response. The outspoken coach didn’t disappoint.

On Monday, Harbaugh gave his take on the Matthews clothesline and ensuing “slap” of Joe Staley.

“If you’re going to go to the face, come with some knuckles, not an open slap,” Harbaugh said, via Cam Inman of the Mercury News. “That young man works very hard on being a tough guy. He’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”

Harbaugh probably feels even more inclined to call Matthews a “tough guy” after the former USC star spoke about targeting Kaepernick in the week leading up to the game. As for the hit itself, Harbaugh said it reminded him of former New York Giants and Packers Hall of Fame safety Elmen Tunnell.

“You talk about launching,” he said. “You talk about a clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback’s six, seven feet out of bounds. “Back when that was legal, (Tunnell) would stand in the middle of the field and wait for a receiver to cross and clothes line them. Their feet would fly in the area. Their backs would hit the ground. I was struck, ‘I’m seeing Emlen Tunnell here.’”

The comments were classic Harbaugh, as no coach is more animated when it comes to defending their players than he is. Matthews is a sack machine who does his best to intimidate opponents, which is something you want from a linebacker. However, Harbaugh and Kaepernick have been adamant about showing that the Niners have no intention of backing down from anything of the sort.

Packers-49ers brawl after Clay Matthews’ late hit on Colin Kaepernick (Video)

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The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers brawled during Sunday’s season opener after Clay Matthews launched himself at Colin Kaepernick with a late hit in the second quarter.

The Niners had a 3rd and 6 situation and Kaepernick didn’t find any receivers, so he decided to run to his left. He was by the sidelines and had stepped out of bounds when Matthews hit him, leading to an sportsmanlike conduct penalty for the linebacker. But Matthews’ late hit caused 49ers offensive lineman Joe Staley to get upset and step in to defend his quarterback. A mini-brawl broke out, and the teams were hit with offsetting penalties.

The referees actually made a mistake by allowing the 49ers to replay the down after the offsetting penalties. Kapernick threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin to make it 14-7 San Francisco on the replay of 3rd and 6. Maybe the touchdown was karma for the late hit.

There were a few questionable aspects of that drive. One, Packers coach Mike McCarthy opted to decline a 5-yard penalty for illegal formation, making it 3rd and 6 instead of 4th and 1. Two, the refs gave San Francisco an extra down when they allowed them to replay 3rd and 6.

Matthews said during the week before the game that he would be looking to get his hits in on Kaepernick. He was not lying.

Video of the brawl is below:

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