GREEN BAY, WI (WHBL) - The Packers may have to move forward without linebacker Clay Matthews. He re-injured his previously-broken right thumb in Sunday's home loss to Pittsburgh. Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that his training staff didn't feel good about the injury. Matthews broke the base of his right thumb on October sixth against Detroit. The four-time Pro Bowler leads Green Bay with seven and a half sacks this season. Also, the Packers are not sure whether they'll have running back Eddie Lacy for Sunday's divisional showdown at Chicago. Lacy aggravated his sprained right ankle against the Steelers. McCarthy said Lacy won't practice until Thursday, and they'll have a better indication of his status then. Receiver and kick returner Randall Cobb will get more practice time this week. He broke a bone in his right leg in mid-October, and he remains on the injured reserve-designated to return list.
Meanwhile, Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says the team will not string out a decision on whether Aaron Rodgers can play on Sunday at Chicago for the N-F-C North title and a playoff berth. McCarthy said Monday the decision will be made sooner rather than later. It could come today, since the Packers are practicing on their normal day off - and will take Christmas Day off. Rodgers was injured in the Packers' first game with Chicago on November fourth, when he broke his left collarbone on a sack during the first series. Since then, Green Bay has gone 2-5-1 without him, and there's been an almost weekly soap opera about his chances of playing. McCarthy said it's been stressful for the team. He said he wants them to know who will be at quarterback for Sunday's win-or-go-home game. Rodgers' replacements - Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien, and Matt Flynn - have combined for eight touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.