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.
Thank you for all the concern and well-wishes. I busted my nose pretty good and will have surgery once the swelling subsides. Thankful as it could have been much more serious 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— Clay Matthews III (@ClayMatthews52) June 2, 2018
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.