Jordan Matthews has a chip fracture in his sternum

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The Bills have updated the condition of wide receiver Jordan Matthews after he suffered a chest injury during his first practice with the team on Sunday.

Matthews, who was acquired in a trade with the Eagles on Friday, went through the entire practice before checking in with trainers and the team announced he wouldn’t meet with reporters because he was undergoing a medical evaluation. They announced the results of that evaluation on Monday and it will be some time before Matthews takes part in his second Bills practice.

The team said Matthews has a chip fracture in his sternum and his return timeline has been pegged at week-to-week as a result.

Matthews will be able to do work in the playbook and attend meetings while he’s recovering, but the lack of time on the field with quarterback Tyrod Taylor will likely slow his immersion into a new offense. That makes him a good fit as a replacement for oft-injured Sammy Watkins, but not in the way the Bills intended.

23 responses to “Jordan Matthews has a chip fracture in his sternum

  1. Great guy. Too many dropped passes and injuries, though. It’s tough when a guy bleeds green but just isn’t good or healthy enough. Also tough when a truly special player ends up acting like a child 3 years after getting traded (Shady).

  2. I would rather have a chip on my sternum than a chip on my shoulder like Lady Shady Gaga !

  3. Perhaps the Bills should have conducted the medical evaluation before putting him on the practice field. That or they’re so desperate to package a lot of high picks to move up and get that elusive QB in the 2018 draft that they don’t care about his health.

  4. Sucks for the Bills. This is like getting a new car running over a pothole and immediately blowing out a wheel and messing up the suspension. By the way this happened to me. Thanks DC!

  5. BobMayoOnTheKeyboard says:
    August 14, 2017 at 9:08 am
    Perhaps the Bills should have conducted the medical evaluation before putting him on the practice field.

    You mean like the physical that every player traded in the NFL must go through before a trade is official? The one where the player is evaluated by his new teams medical staff? Yea, that already did that. It’s standard procedure.

  6. Something I pointed out to those calling Watkins injury prone from last year. They must not have been keeping an eye on this guy since the end of last year because he’s been suffering several injuries.

  7. Actually, Darby was not allowed to practice with the Eagles until Matthews underwent his physical with the Bills, so apparently Matthews was given the physical and the trade cleared because Darby ultimately did practice with Philly yesterday.

  8. I used to think Cleveland’s factory of sadness was built on an old Indian burial ground, but now I’m thinking it is Orchard Park.

  9. ddeck00 says:
    August 14, 2017 at 9:36 am
    BobMayoOnTheKeyboard says:
    August 14, 2017 at 9:08 am
    Perhaps the Bills should have conducted the medical evaluation before putting him on the practice field.

    You mean like the physical that every player traded in the NFL must go through before a trade is official? The one where the player is evaluated by his new teams medical staff? Yea, that already did that. It’s standard procedure.

    It’s also standard procedure for the bills medical staff to completely miss things and miss manage injuries. Can name a dozen of those incidents in the past three seasons.

  10. What’s the medical staff supposed to do, xray every square inch of his body? Bottom line is he got popped in the chest and has an injury from the hit. Jordan is a tough dude though so he’ll be fine.

  11. Why is everybody so focused on the guy having been medically checked before completing the trade? Of course he had a physical, and no the Bills staff didn’t “miss” anything. HE GOT INJURED IN THE FIRST PRACTICE AFTERWARD. Why is that so hard to understand when the article clearly states “The Bills have updated the condition of wide receiver Jordan Matthews after he suffered a chest injury during his first practice with the team on Sunday.”

  12. So this season the Bills injury report reads:
    Matthews – Questionable
    instead of
    Watkins – Questionable

    No biggie.

  13. johnnnyschatzan says:

    August 14, 2017 at 10:58 am

    ddeck00 says:
    August 14, 2017 at 9:36 am
    BobMayoOnTheKeyboard says:
    August 14, 2017 at 9:08 am
    Perhaps the Bills should have conducted the medical evaluation before putting him on the practice field.

    You mean like the physical that every player traded in the NFL must go through before a trade is official? The one where the player is evaluated by his new teams medical staff? Yea, that already did that. It’s standard procedure.

    It’s also standard procedure for the bills medical staff to completely miss things and miss manage injuries. Can name a dozen of those incidents in the past three seasons.
    _________________________________________________________________________________
    Name 5 genius. You can’t.

  14. This is typical Bills Luck.
    Trade away an injury plauged receiver for a guy who gets injured on his FIRST practice.
    SMDH..

  15. First of all as a long time Eagles fan Jordan Mathews is an intelligent class act/ team first guy!!! His is NOT injured all the time as someone posted. That is ridiculous! Buffalo got a really good player! Look at his stats they are in the top 5 or 10 receivers all time for his first 3 years. That is impressive. People complain to complain because they don’t have anything better to offer.
    Mathews will help out a lot. Give Sean McDermott time and he will build a great team. Buffalo has to stay with one program and stick to it. Stop changing regimes and they will have a great team in 2/3 years that will compete for the Super Bowl.

  16. How could Buffalo have known he was going to get a chipped sternum on his first day of practice? Pretty sure even the most thorough of physicals can’t predict the future! Fluke injuries happen every day in the NFL.
    As for Matthews, he’s certainly not injury prone. I think he missed 2 games in 3 seasons (not 100% sure about that, so don’t feel the need to correct me!). He is one of only 5 players in NFL HISTORY with 65-plus receptions and 800-plus receiving years in each of his first three years…which gets kind of overlooked because two of the others were in his draft class (Beckham Jr & Evans). The other two are Randy Moss & A.J. Green. Pretty damn good company I’d say.

  17. Perhaps the Bills should have conducted the medical evaluation before putting him on the practice field.

    You mean like the physical that every player traded in the NFL must go through before a trade is official? The one where the player is evaluated by his new teams medical staff? Yea, that already did that. It’s standard procedure.

    It’s also standard procedure for the bills medical staff to completely miss things and miss manage injuries. Can name a dozen of those incidents in the past three seasons.
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    You’re right. Much the same way the Patriots “missed” Tom Brady’s concussion last year!

  18. Why is everybody so pessimistic? He didn’t blow his knee out. The dude will be fine. If he misses a game or two no big deal they have anquan, Charles clay, and highly touted rookie zay Jones to fill the void. They want to run the ball 50 times anyway that’s why they brought in Tolbert and dimarco as FB’s

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