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.
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.by