Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews took a line drive to the face during a charity softball game Saturday, but team officials say there are no long-term concerns about the injury.
Matthews, who was pitching, had his nose broken on a line drive hit right back at him. He suffered a broken nose and later tweeted that surgery would be required. Head coach Mike McCarthy said the timing will cause Matthews to miss OTA’s but he’s fine otherwise.
“They’re talking about scheduling surgery probably midweek,” McCarthy said prior to Monday’s OTA workout, according to the Packers’ official website. “It’s unfortunate. It’s for a great cause. We’re just glad he’s OK.”
Matthews had reportedly been sitting out the first week of OTA’s because of an offseason procedure on his knee. Regardless, McCarthy said, the injury to Matthews does not have him second guessing letting players get involved with the annual softball game.
“I think it’s great on a number of fronts,” he said. “Anytime your players give back, charity, involved in the community … It’s great for the fans. They sell it out every year. It’s on its fourth player identity for the softball game. I’m not going to overreact to this.”
Entering his tenth season in the league, all with Green Bay, Matthews has missed just six regular season games in the past four seasons.