Police say media reports of a Winnipeg Blue Bombers player being stabbed at a downtown nightclub over the weekend have been overblown.

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Police say media reports of a Winnipeg Blue Bombers player being stabbed at a downtown nightclub over the weekend have been overblown.

Winnipeg Police Service spokesman Const. Rob Carver said officers were called to a "disturbance" in the 100 block of Smith Street at 2:10 a.m. Sunday. "The disturbance was over when we arrived," said Carver, who wouldn’t identify the venue — the Mexican eatery and nightclub La Roca — or the victim, who was reportedly Chris Matthews.

Chris Matthews at practice Monday.</p></p>

Chris Matthews at practice Monday.

"A customer suffered a minor injury," Carver said Monday. "He was treated and released (from hospital). There was no report of an assault, so I can’t tell you how he sustained the injury."

La Roca sent an emailed statement Monday night saying there was an altercation between a Blue Bombers player and other patrons. Everyone involved was asked to leave, and police were called.

"Our security protocols following a physical altercation include requesting the attendance of the WPS," La Roca's management said.

The player left through the front doors and spoke with officers. Police later reviewed security camera footage of the incident, the eatery said.

Free Press sports reporter Taylor Allen was at Bombers practice Monday and confirmed Matthews was a full participant and appeared to be fine.

After practice, Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea was asked to comment on the situation.

"No, we’ll leave that for the Winnipeg Police Services," O’Shea said.

O’Shea said Matthews was not hurt in the weekend incident.

— with files from Carol Sanders, staff

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