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Clay Matthews takes line drive to the face, will have surgery

Posted at 2:08 PM, Jun 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-02 19:37:59-04

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews left the field after taking a hit to the face during the Green and Gold Charity Softball event on Saturday at Fox Cities Stadium. He later confirmed the injury will need surgery through a post on Twitter.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Matthews was rushed to the emergency room with what is believed to be a broken nose. 

Matthews was pitching to guard Lucas Patrick, who hit a line drive back to the mound into Matthews' face. Matthews fell to the ground upon impact then immediately covered his face and walked off the field, disappearing into the clubhouse.

Play was temporarily suspended before a netting was placed ahead of the mound for protection of the pitchers. No official injury update is available, though the public address announcer said Matthews was "fine" over the loud speaker. 

Matthews is a co-captain along with wide receiver Davante Adams in this year's Green and Gold Charity Softball game. The two take over for Jordy Nelson, who headed the event in years past.