Packers' Matthews hit in face by line drive in charity game

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) - Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was hit in the face with a line drive during a charity softball game.Matthews was pitching during Saturday's game when offensive lineman Lucas Patrick hit the ball directly into Matthews' face, knocking him to the ground. The Green Bay Press Gazette reports Matthews got up, covered his face with his glove, then walked to the dugout.

Packers LB Clay Matthews says shoulder injury improving

Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews says that his left shoulder injury is improving, and that he hopes to get more snaps in Saturday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.Matthews has been playing through the injury when he was hurt following a crunching, blind-slide block by Eagles lineman Allen Barbre on Nov. 28.Matthews' production has tailed off as he plays through the pain, with no sacks and just two tackles in a limited role the past three weeks.