Matthew Stafford was in trouble.
On the final play of the third quarter in a match up between the Green Bay Packers and Stafford’s Lions on Sunday afternoon, the fifth-year signal caller attempted to elude All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews, who charged into the Detroit backfield untouched.
Moments later, the 27-year-old Matthews introduced Stafford to the Lambeau Field turf to register arguably the most unencumbered sack of his five-year career.
Yet, the residual effects of the takedown for the Packers may be significant as it was revealed on Monday that the former USC Trojan may, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, miss up to one month stemming from a broken thumb sustained during the play.
Matthews, who has amassed three sacks in four contests this season for the green and gold, underwent testing on Monday and, as reported by ESPN, may need to undergo surgery.
“I’m hopeful that it’s not season ending,” said Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, whose team travels to Baltimore to face the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens on Sunday, according to ESPN. “I think we’re all hopeful, but you have to get all the opinions and make sure you always do right by the player.”
This past season, Matthews, presently fifth all time in Packers history with 45.4 sacks, missed four outings as he battled a hamstring injury.