Green Bay needs Clay Matthews versus the Philadelphia Eagles

Matthews gives the Packers muscle.

Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews will attempt to practice this week with a protective cast on his injured hand.

The 27-year-old Matthews suffered a broken thumb in a victory over Detroit and underwent surgery on October 7 to fix the wound.

Matthews, who had the surgical pins removed on Monday, was expected to miss roughly a month.

However, rather than hastily returning this weekend, “The Clay Maker” may wait until November 17 when Green Bay travels to the swamps of Jersey to face the Giants.

Sitting at 5-3 and battling the Lions and Bears for supremacy in the NFC North, the Packers’ 14th ranked defense has been undermanned without Matthews.

A two-time All-Pro, Matthews has amassed 45.5 sacks, 174 tackles and four interceptions since being taken 26th overall out of USC in 2009.

The 2010 NFC Defensive Player of the Year is a standout pass rusher and tremendous tackler.

Green Bay needs a healthy version of Matthews to slow the Lions’ and Bears’ explosive offenses.

Able to complete the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, the 6-foot-3, 255 pound Matthews can penetrate any protection and rattle Matthew Stafford or Jay Cutler.

As superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers rests a broken collarbone, the Packers aren’t going to win many shootouts with Seneca Wallace under center.

Hence, if medically cleared, Clay Matthews must lineup this weekend versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

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