A charity softball game took a serious turn on Saturday when Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews took a direct line.
Matthews, who was throwing Packers offensive lineman Lucas Patrick at the Green & Gold Charity Softball Game, reacted slowly to the ball, which Patrick returned directly to him. As seen in this video tweeted by Dave Schroeder of WBAY-TV, Matthews did not have time to deflect the ball, which seemed to hit him in the nose.
Packers LB Clay Matthews take off a liner from the face that throws into the charity softball game at Fox Cities Stadium. Immediately he left the field. I hope it's okay @WBAY pic.twitter.com/29aTvXkIc5
â € "Dave Schroeder (@SchroederWBAY)
June 2, 2018
A source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that, after Matthews' trip to the emergency room, it was confirmed that the linebacker suffered a broken nose.
Matthews said in a tweet that he will have surgery on his "trapped" nose after the swelling subsides.
Thanks for all the concern and good wishes. I broke my nose quite well and I will operate once the swelling disappears. Grateful, since it could have been much more serious: "[ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½
Clay Matthews III (@ ClayMatthews52)
June 2, 2018
Matthews will enter his tenth season with the Packers and has only lost six regular-season games in the past four seasons. The veteran linebacker is the last season of a five-year contract at Green Bay.