Matthews revealed the news on his personal Twitter account, posting a photo of his left knee in a heavy brace and his right ankle in a boot. It's unclear how lengthy of a recovery timeline Matthews will face for either injury, but neither surgery is expected to delay his start to the 2018 campaign. Matthews will head into free agency for the first time in his career after a disappointing, injury-plagued season with the Bills.
Matthews (knee), who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, may require surgery, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. "We'll see," Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday, when asked if Matthews would need to go under the knife.
Matthews had been fighting through the knee injury for the past three weeks, missing one contest before returning for the Bills' last two games, only to be shut down for good. The wideout also was sidelined for a large portion of the preseason with a fractured sternum and missed an additional contest due to a broken thumb, with the assortment of injuries rendering him a major disappointment this season for a Bills squad that was banking on him taking a stranglehold of the No. 1 receiver role. He'll finish the campaign with 25 receptions for 282 yards and a touchdown, which could result in a cool market for the 2014 second-round pick as he heads into unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career this offseason.
The 25-year-old wideout thus finishes the 2017 campaign with a career-low 25 catches for 282 yards and a touchdown through 10 games. With Matthews -- who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after the current season -- no longer in the mix, the Bills will need to rely more on the likes of fellow wideouts Zay Jones, Deonte Thompson and Kelvin Benjamin (knee) -- health permitting -- down the stretch.
Matthews (knee) brought in one of three targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 23-3 loss to the Patriots.
The fourth-year receiver continues to struggle with his production, as he's now failed to top 15 yards in three consecutive contests, and on five occasions overall this season. Matthews also has single-digit YPC figures in five of his last seven games and has seen more than four targets only twice in 10 contests. The absence of fellow wideout Kelvin Benjamin (knee) the last two weeks would have presumably boosted Matthews' workload at a minimum, but the generally underwhelming nature of the Bills' passing attack is clearly playing a part in keeping his production firmly capped. He'll look to break out against the vulnerable Colts in Week 14.
Matthews (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Matthews will be out there if you need him, but working in an attack that has endured struggles with consistently in the passing game thus far, he's a Week 13 fantasy dart, even with Kelvin Benjamin (knee) sidelined. Matthews has only logged one outing with more than three catches all season and is coming off a two-catch, 15-yard effort (on three targets) in Week 12's win over the Chiefs.
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