Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said surgery will be in his near future after he sustained a broken nose during a charity softball game.
A video showed Matthews on the receiving end of a line drive during the game Saturday in Appleton, Wis. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder then walked off the field covering his face.
“Thank you for all the concern and well-wishes,” the 32-year-old Matthews tweeted. “I busted my nose pretty good and will have surgery once the swelling subsides. Thankful as it could have been much more serious.”
Matthews and Packers wide receiver Davante Adams took over as co-hosts of the event after Jordy Nelson was released by the club.
Adams told television station NBC26 that Matthews will be fine.
“I wanted to let everybody know Clay is all right,” Adams said. “He’s got a little boo-boo on his nose, but he’ll be all right. He’s a tough guy.”
A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Matthews recorded 44 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 14 games last season. He has 439 tackles and a franchise-best 80 sacks in 127 career contests since the Packers selected him with the 26th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft out of USC.
The 2018 campaign represents the final year of Matthews’ five-year, $66 million contract. He could earn up to $11.4 million in salary and bonuses next season.