The Green Bay Packers won’t have former All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews available for Sunday’s NFC Wild Card Playoff against the San Francisco 49ers.
Matthews has missed five games this season because of a thumb injury. He was originally injured in Green Bay’s Week 5 victory over the Detroit Lions and missed four games after surgery. He reinjured the thumb in Week 16 against the Steelers and did not play at Chicago in the regular-season finale.
“I really don’t have a feel for Clay as far as where he is,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy told ESPNWisconsin.com. “I really haven’t even seen him to talk to him. You’re always cautious with players after surgery. Right now he’s out for this week and that’s really what we’re focused on.”
Matthews is well known among 49er fans after his late hit on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the season opener between the teams at Candlestick Park on Sept. 8.
Matthews was fined $15,000 for the hit, although Matthews later said the fine was reduced by half to $7,500.
Sunday’s game marks the fourth meeting between the 49ers and Packers since the start of the 2012 season. San Francisco has won the first three meetings, including a 45-31 win at Candlestick Park in an NFC Divisional Playoff in January.