Eagles hope Jordan Matthews returns for third preseason game

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After wide receiver Jordan Matthews was forced out of last Friday’s practice with a knee injury, Eagles coach Doug Pederson downplayed the severity of the injury by saying Matthews was “just going to be sore” for a couple of days.

It’s been a couple of days and it seems that there’s more concern in Philadelphia than just a big of soreness for the team’s top receiver. Pederson said on Monday, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that Matthews will be sidelined for a few weeks and that the team hopes that he’ll be able to play in their third preseason game against the Colts on August 27.

Matthews was hurt on a low hit by rookie defensive back Jalen Mills in the same practice that saw tight end Zach Ertz leave for a concussion evaluation after another low hit from rookie Blake Countess. That led Ertz to call for younger members of the team to pay closer attention to where they’re hitting their teammates.

Pederson also said that he expects left tackle Jason Peters and safety Malcolm Jenkins back at practice next week after they got dinged in another practice last week. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks joined a growing list of injured Eagles on Monday with a hamstring issue.

7 responses to “Eagles hope Jordan Matthews returns for third preseason game

  1. Pederson said he likes a lot of hitting in practice, unlike that wussy old coach from last year.

    “We’re talking about Practice”

    Maybe someone ought to hit him in the head a couple of times to make him rethink that a little.

  2. I don’t know the true severity of the injury but they have no reason to rush Matthews back. In fact they probably prefer him to sit out a few preseason games because they have a slew of other receivers that need to prove they can play.

    So I believe Pederson that it’s not a big injury but they will use it as an excuse to hold him out to see more of Reuben Randle, Agholor, Chris Givens, Josh Huff, ect.

  3. Matthews is the only legit starting WR on the team, albeit a slot receiver. The Eagles offense was not going to be very good anyway but if this knee injury turns out to be anything more than a slight sprain, they are in real trouble.

  4. this shows eagles have grown soft. return to physical practices and injuries all over roster.

    these injuries are a necessary byproduct of the team returning to being tough & physical.

    god bless jim schwartz…the 2nd coming of jim johnson

  5. Interesting that Ertz is calling for younger players to pay closer attention while most of Pederson’s comments have focused on going full speed during practice. I understand that every new coach has to make a name for himself but if you start losing players how does that help you?

  6. Go full speed, and go at or above the belt line. The two ideas are not mutually exclusive. Injuries happen, but Ertz is right.

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