Packers' Clay Matthews ruled out against Bears

Packers' Clay Matthews ruled out against Bears
December 25, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Scott Krinch

While Packers nation awaits Thursday's announcement on whether or not quarterback Aaron Rodgers will return against the Bears, Green Bay's defense took a major hit.

Despite not practicing on Christmas, the Packers injury report listed linebacker Clay Matthews as out for Sunday's game. The report reflects what a player's status would have been if the team had practiced.

Matthews re-injured his right thumb in Green Bay's Week 16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the same injury that kept him sidelined four games this season.

Running back Eddie Lacy, who suffered an ankle injury against the Steelers, wouldn't have participated in practice, along with linebackers Brad Jones, Mike Neal and Nick Perry. Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett was also among the non participants.

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One bit of good news for the Packers is electric wide receiver/returner Randall Cobb could still be activated off the IR/designated-for-return list. Cobb was limited in practice last week, but head coach Mike McCarthy still hasn't closed the door on a possible return.

The only member of the Bears listed on Wednesday's injury report was wide receiver Earl Bennett, but it wasn't injury related. Also, Lance Briggs would have been a full participant in practice.

Sunday's winner will clinch the NFC North and earn a trip to the postseason. The Bears previously defeated the Packers, 27-20, at Lambeau Field on Nov. 4.