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Packers LB Matthews to have surgery

95   //    05 Jun 2018, 04:51 IST

Clay Matthews

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is not in the clear yet.

Matthews is expected to undergo surgery this week to repair a broken nose, coach Mike McCarthy announced on Monday.

Matthews was hit in the face by a line drive while pitching in a Packers charity softball game over the weekend.

He fell to the ground after he was hit by the ball off Lucas Patrick's bat and walked off the field holding his face in his glove before being taken to a nearby emergency room.

While McCarthy is not thrilled about the setback, he is more concerned about Matthews improving his skills before hitting the field again.

"I think he needs to work on his off-hand, mitt side, on the release of the ball," McCarthy said on Monday, via ESPN. "So that's what the tape showed me.

"It's a charity [game], but most importantly, we don't have any long-term concerns. We're talking about scheduling surgery probably midweek. So it's unfortunate but it's for a great cause, I'm just glad he's OK."

Matthews has been absent from OTAs while he recovers from offseason knee surgery and will be excused from mandatory mini-camp next week after yet another procedure.

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