Clay Matthews 'not sulking around'

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews pulled his hamstring last month against the Cincinnati Bengals and couldn’t finish the game, he admitted he had become frustrated by the prospect of missing time for the second straight season.

Last season, he missed four games because of a hamstring injury.

So how must he feel now that he has been sidelined again, likely for the same amount of time, because of a broken right thumb that required surgery on Monday?

“I think that hunger and drive and desire is going to burn in him the next four weeks,” said Kevin Greene, the Packers outside linebackers coach. “And he’s going to come back, and he’s going to have all that pent up fire and passion for the game, and he’s going to let it go.”

Matthews has not spoken publicly since he was injured while sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in Sunday’s 22-9 win at Lambeau Field.

“Dauber’s not in the dirt, and he’s not sulking around and (saying), ‘Woe is me,’” Greene said. “He’s like, ‘It is what it is. I got it fixed, and I need to wait my time out and let this heal and let me go.’ I wouldn’t expect anything else from a true pro.”

The Packers hope their four-time Pro Bowler can return in three to four weeks. Coach Mike McCarthy on Friday said that was the timeline he was given by team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie.

“It’s an injury obviously in an area where you have to be smart because you don’t want a recurrence,” McCarthy said. “But that’s what I was told yesterday when I had a chance to sit down with Pat and those guys.”