Jordan Matthews blames Eagles medical staff for knee problems

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Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews is heading into free agency confident in his abilities.

He does not share that confidence in the Eagles’ medical staff.

Via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, Matthews said during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that “two really bad diagnoses” by the Eagles’ doctors caused lingering knee and ankle damage that limited his effectiveness once he was traded to the Bills. He had surgery in December to fix those problems, among the array of injuries including a broken thumb and a chest injury he dealt with last year.

“I think the worst and most frustrating thing about the whole situation was, when I got to Buffalo, I was still dealing with the things that I had to get surgery on,” Matthews said. “But I had two really bad diagnoses on the knee and the ankle, so going into the trade, I thought they were both things that were going to heal on their own. But once I got around Buffalo’s doctors, they got me in touch with the right people and then I got really good feedback.

“We ended up finding out there were other things that I was dealing with, so the thumb was definitely upsetting, the chest was upsetting. But what’s crazy was when they ended up doing my surgery on my knee, they actually told me that, ‘Man, it’s a good thing that you didn’t play more games, you didn’t practice more, because you needed to come here and get this procedure done as soon as possible.’ So, if anything, it was a blessing in disguise. I don’t regret any of the times that happen. I think it honestly has just made me a stronger person, it’s going to make me a better player.”

Players always have the option to get second opinions outside the team context, and Matthews’ case illustrates the need for that.

Matthews only played in 10 games last year, catching just 25 passes after he was acquired in the deal for cornerback Ronald Darby.

27 responses to “Jordan Matthews blames Eagles medical staff for knee problems

  1. So explain why Mathews not only passed his physical after the trade but played games for the Bills before he was shut down first by the thumb and then by the season ending chest injury? It was only then he had survey’s on the knee and ankle. The truth is he was given the option to play or not and chose to play.

  2. Your comment makes no sense. Anyways Buffalo could have and probably did give him an examination before processing the trade, so who knows if what he said is even true or if he is just blaming someone for his injury filled season.
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    lifetimefan says:

    March 7, 2018 at 6:28 am

    And here I was believing that the Eagles were a fun team to play for………go figure….I was wrong.

  3. There’s a reason they call it practicing medicine. Nobody ever calls it perfecting medicine. One thing you learn in medical school is that there is a whole lot more that they don’t know, than what they do know. That’s pretty much true for everything. I’m sure the Eagles’ doctors have caught things that slipped by other doctors. They’re definitely still “practicing”.

  4. I wonder if he is a little sour after being traded from the Eagles then that year they go on to win the Super Bowl and Matthews had a terrible year.

  5. He wants to be signed. With his multiple injuries he has to come up with something to save him.

  6. I get he wants to blame someone, but this is a non-story. It seems like after he was shut down for the chest and thumb, they looked at everything and looked closely at the knee. They found something and had another opinion. That doesn’t mean the Eagles were negligent or even wrong.

    Jordan never lived up to expectations here. Iffy hands, OK speed, decent route runner. But he was a #3. And always will be. Someone sounds bitter about getting the boot.

  7. Well they did miss the heart condition on the long snapper they traded to the saints. I think they medical guy they had left the team recently as well. Could be related…

  8. This condemns both Philadelphia doctors and Buffalo organization who apparently lack, or chose to ignore, proper dd protocol when trading for any and all players. Buffalo mistake is unlikely a rare occurrence in sports, gm’s itch to make deals and outside folks are rarely aware of the negatives of all players who are included in trades as it is bad business to talk down the asset(s) that one wishes to unload in a deal.

    Bottom line, I believe Buffalo knew they were getting damaged goods and simply did not comprehend how damaged the goods were. Otherwise there would have been some type of complaint filed with league office and there would have been discussion of possibly rescinding or adjusting the trade to deal with the goods being damaged.

  9. ‘Man, it’s a good thing that you didn’t play more games, you didn’t practice more, because you needed to come here and get this procedure done as soon as possible.’

    Ummmm…wasn’t he in a bills uniform, under the jurisdiction of bills team doctors when he played all ten of those games the doctors thought he shouldn’t play?

    Jordan sounds confused.

  10. @charliecharger

    That’s true and I’m not arguing with you, just wanted to add. The patient also has the right to be upset about it and/or (in the worst case scenario) bring a malpractice suit. What I’m trying to get at is, you can’t really tell a patient that “well, mistakes happen all the time, that’s medicine”. The patient deserves the right diagnosis/treatment.

  11. realfootballfan says:
    March 7, 2018 at 8:17 am

    I’m still scratching my head at that trade 6 months later. Eagles looted the Bills.
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    When have the Bills NOT been looted in a trade? Jeez, Marshawn Lynch and Jason Peters both come to mind.

  12. When have the Bills NOT been looted in a trade? Jeez, Marshawn Lynch and Jason Peters both come to mind.
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    They fleeced Indianapolis in the Jerry Hughes trade.

  13. realfootballfan says:
    March 7, 2018 at 8:17 am
    I’m still scratching my head at that trade 6 months later. Eagles looted the Bills.
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    Darby was coming off a bad year and didn’t fit the new defensive system. Bills needed a WR after trading Watkins and got a 3rd round draft pick they turned into Kelvin Benjamin. Matthews had a bad year mostly because Tyrod sucks

  14. Eagles fan here.

    Matthews might be onto something here. Remember, the Eagles traded Jon Dorenbos to the Saints…then the Saints discovered he had a career ending heart issue. The cynic in me bets the Eagles knew Matthews was damaged goods when they traded him.

    However, Matthews sounds bitter. Glad we kept Agholor and got rid of him.

  15. What a whiner.

    If his knee was so damaged that he should have had surgery and shouldn’t have been playing on it at the time of the trade, then the Bills doctors would have caught it and the trade would have been voided.

    If the (whatever the damage was) was real, then the Bills doctors *also* missed it for months, so why is he only blaming the Eagles?

    He’s either lying or is butthurt over being being traded from a team that won the SB, or both.

  16. >> “When have the Bills NOT been looted in a trade?”

    > How about Kiko Alonso for Shady McCoy?

    In that case the “getting looted effect” was superceded by the “Chip Kelly doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing personnel-wise” effect.

  17. Steve – ultimately the Kiko trade turned into Wentz for the Eagles. Kiko and Maxwell were traded to the Dolphins and they swapped picks – Eagles 13 for the Dolphins 8. This allowed the Eagles a high enough draft pick to entice the Browns #2 which turned into Wentz. So, the trade was a stunning success in the end!

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