Jordan Matthews Injury Updates

The 49ers have signed WR Jordan Matthews to a 1-year deal. The 2014 2nd-rounder racked up 225 catches and 2,673 yards over his first 3 NFL seasons. But he's mustered just 45 grabs and 582 yards across the past 2, dealing with injuries and playing for 3 different teams. Matthews turns just 27 in July, though, and is capable of playing both outside the numbers and in the slot. There's opportunity for him to carve out a significant role in San Francisco amid a largely unproven WR corps.

The Patriots have released WR Jordan Matthews. That didn't take long. After reportedly impressing in spring workouts, Matthews suffered a significant hamstring injury in Sunday's camp practice. We'll see if and when he resurfaces, but he's obviously off the redraft radar now. New England is left with Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson and rookie Braxton Berrios behind Chris Hogan and the suspended Julian Edelman. Malcolm Mitchell remains sidelined with his knee issue.

Update: New England ended up placing Matthews (hamstring) on IR. He'll likely end up being released with an injury settlement.

Patriots WR Jordan Matthews is dealing with what NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls a "significant" hamstring injury. Matthews went down in practice on Sunday and hasn't been back on the field since. He had been considered the favorite to step in during Julian Edelman's 4-game suspension, but this injury throws a wrench in those plans. We've heard positive buzz on WRs Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson early in camp. And New England has shown some interest in free-agent WR Eric Decker. This remain a wide-open situation that we'll be monitoring closely.

Bills WR Jordan Matthews announced Tuesday that he underwent knee and ankle surgeries. He's dealt with knee tendonitis for the better part of the past 2 years and missed 2 games with an ankle injury last season -- although it's unclear if the surgeries are related to either. Regardless, Matthews has had all sorts of trouble staying healthy, also fracturing his sternum and breaking his thumb this year. He's set to hit free agency in March.

The Bills have placed WR Jordan Matthews on IR with a knee injury, ending his 2017 season. It's unclear if Matthews suffered the injury last week or if it's something he's been dealing with. He has a history of knee tendonitis. The move ends a disappointing campaign that saw Matthews muster just 25 catches, 282 yards and 1 score in 10 appearances. He'll hit free agency in March, and getting out of Buffalo would be his best move. He's still only 25 and racked up 225 catches over his first 3 NFL seasons.

Bills WR Jordan Matthews (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. He was limited in practice all week but is expected to play. WR Zay Jones (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t on the final injury report. Neither guy is a recommended fantasy play with WR Kelvin Benjamin in the mix and QB Nathan Peterman under center.

Bills WR Jordan Matthews (chest) was a full-go in practice all week and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll start Sunday’s game against the Jets. The limited practice time he’s had with QB Tyrod Taylor makes him a risky Week 1 fantasy play.

Bills WR Jordan Matthews expects to be ready for Week 1 after suffering a chip fracture to his sternum in his very 1st practice with the team. He did some light running during Sunday's practice but is still dealing with significant pain from the injury. “It doesn’t take somebody hitting me in my chest for it to flare up,” Matthews said. “It’s any type of movement where I really have to use my upper body. So right now we’re trying to get back into running, using regular arm motion and getting functional movement down." Even if he's ready for the opener, Matthews will have had very little practice time (and no preseason reps) in the offense and with QB Tyrod Taylor. He'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups early on.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that the Eagles have reached a 1-year deal with WR Alshon Jeffery worth $14 million. The fact that he settled for a 1-year deal suggests that teams weren't keen on committing long-term money to the former Bear. The 1-year term can only help the motivation for a player's whose drive has been questioned since he was entering the league. Jeffery just turned 27 in February and should be in his prime. He has delivered quality fantasy numbers when healthy but lost 11 games to injury over the past 2 seasons. Carson Wentz looks like an upgrade over the QB collage that piloted a sluggish Bears pass offense through last season, and Philly ranked 6th in the league in pass attempts. The overall target picture looks nice, but Jeffery will need to compete with WR Jordan Matthews and TE Zach Ertz for top honors. Wentz, meanwhile, has seen significant upgrades to his pass-catching corps on the 1st day of the 2017 league year. He could challenge for fantasy's top 12 at the position this year.

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews suffered a right ankle injury in the 2nd quarter of Monday night's game against the Packers. He headed to the locker room for X-rays during the team's final possession of the half. He did return to open the 2nd half, which obviously indicates the issue isn't serious. But it's a situation worth keeping an eye on.

Update: Matthews exited for good just a few plays into the 3rd quarter.

The Vikings have acquired QB Sam Bradford from the Eagles in exchange for a 2017 1st-round pick and a conditional 4th-rounder in 2018, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's an aggressive move from a Minnesota team that's in a championship window right now. Bradford certainly isn't an All-Pro, but he's certainly an upgrade over Shaun Hill. We'll see if Minnesota can get Bradford ready for its opener in just 8 days, but he obviously won't be a Week 1 fantasy option. The Vikings will remain a run-first team, so Bradford will struggle to ascend beyond QB2 territory. His arrival is good news for RB Adrian Peterson, WR Stefon Diggs and the rest of Minnesota's skill-position guys. Meanwhile, Bradford's departure from Philadelphia figures to speed up QB Carson Wentz's debut. The rookie is still recovering from his rib injury and is a long shot to be under center Week 1. But we'd bet on him being there by October. QB Chase Daniel figures to open the season as Philly's starter.

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews created a Twitter stir this morning when he went down in practice with a knee injury. He was able to get off the field under his own power, though, and HC Doug Pederson later said that he'll be fine. "Just going to be sore for a couple days," Pederson added. We'll keep an eye on Matthews, but his fantasy football value looks unaffected for now.

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (back) is active for today’s game against the Bills. He was added to the injury report on Saturday but looked fine in warmups, according to multiple Eagles beat writers. Matthews is in the WR3 mix in a plus matchup.

The Eagles on Saturday added WR Jordan Matthews to the injury report with a back problem. They now list him as questionable to face the Bills on Sunday. It's not clear if Matthews suffered an injury in practice. We'll watch his status Sunday morning, but the situation only adds risk to an already-shaky fantasy option. You can probably do better in Week 14. Some other guys who look even worse for fantasy usage might draw an extra target or 2 if Matthews sits.

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews has been playing through a hand ligament injury for the last 3 weeks, according to insider Les Bowen.  Matthews denied the report after Sunday night's loss, and he hasn't been listed on the injury report all year.  But fans who met with him recently said his hand was swollen, per Bowen.  That would certainly help explain the surprising case of dropsies Matthews has been struggling with.  He's been charged with 6 drops this year, including 2 in Week 7.  We'll see if the Week 8 bye gets him back on track, but Matthews is just a WR3 in fantasy lineups right now.

 
 
 

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