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Scott Weiland

Marsha Brady'd at

Notre Dame

9/11/2009 2:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland could never make it in the NFL -- and the proof is in the massive gashes on his face.

Scott Weiland

After the 41-year-old singer showed up to an event in West Hollywood Wednesday night sans a chunk of his cheek -- everyone was looking for some kind of explanation ... and finally, we got it.

TMZ spoke with Weiland's rep, who blamed Scott's facial damage on his inability to catch a football.

The rep says Scott -- who's a huge Notre Dame fan -- was tailgating at the game last weekend and throwing the pigskin around with a couple of buddies ... when he accidentally caught one with his face.

Judging by the damage -- whoever threw that ball has a friggin' rocket for an arm.

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