Apparently, the Green Bay Packers cannot make it through a charity softball game without some drama. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, linebacker Clay Matthews took a line drive off his face, breaking his nose and sending him to the emergency room.
Matthews, one of the two captains of the annual Green and Gold Charity Softball game previously hosted by Jordy Nelson, pitched to Packers offensive lineman Lucas Patrick, who sent the ball right back to the mound and into the linebacker’s face. Matthews fell to the ground and quickly removed himself from the field while covering the front of his head. Local news station WBAY captured the incident on video:
Packers LB Clay Matthews takes a liner off the face pitching in the charity softball game at Fox Cities Stadium. Immediately left the field. Hope he's ok @WBAY pic.twitter.com/29aTvXkIc5— Dave Schroeder (@SchroederWBAY) June 2, 2018
Softball game co-captain Davante Adams described the injury as “a little boo-boo on his nose,” and said Matthews will “be alright.”
Still, any time a star player heads to the ER, his team has cause for concern. The Packers wrap up organized team activities this week, quite possibly without Matthews participating in full capacity.