The Patriots have released Matthews (hamstring) from IR with an injury settlement, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
As a result, the veteran wideout is now a free agent and can look to catch on elsewhere once his hamstring is fully healed up. When that might be remains unclear, as earlier this week Matthews' injury was portrayed as significant.
Initial reports suggested that Matthews would be released by the Patriots in the wake of suffering a troublesome hamstring injury. Instead, the wideout will reside on IR for now, though down the road he could negotiate an injury settlement with the team and become a free agent.
The Patriots released Matthews (hamstring) on Wednesday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
The news follows reports that the wideout was dealing with a significant hamstring injury, with the Patriots acting quickly to open up a roster spot for a healthier player (fullback Henry Poggi). With Julian Edelman serving a four-game suspension to begin the season and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) and Kenny Britt (hamstring) banged up, there will be added training-camp opportunities for the likes of Phillip Dorsett, Braxton Berrios and Riley McCarron. Additionally, the team could elect to sign a veteran free agent pass-catching option such as Eric Decker, who worked out for the Patriots earlier in the week.
Though no timetable for Matthews' return has been outlined, the wording of the report suggests that this situation could be more of a week-to-week than a day-to-day one. The Patriots have already kicked the tires on veteran wideout Eric Decker, and it wouldn't be surprising if he or another free agent was added to the mix with Julian Edelman (suspension) slated to miss the first four games of the regular season.
Matthews (hamstring) isn't participating at Wednesday's practice, Nora Princiotti of The Boston Globe reports.
Matthews will miss practice for a third straight day after hurting his right hamstring during Sunday's session. Even if it turns out to be a minor injury, the missed practice time could be problematic for a player in a fierce battle for snaps and targets. With Julian Edelman suspended for the first four weeks of the season, Chris Hogan is the only New England wideout assured of regular playing time. Matthews is competing with Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Kenny Britt (knee), Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios.
|P3||8/24/18||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/30/18||@ NYG||7:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ JAC||4:25 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ DET||8:20 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/18||@ BUF||8:15 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
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