Matthews (hamstring) caught three of five targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 12-7 loss to Arizona.
Matthews was operating at less than 100 percent, and ended up tying Eric Decker for third on the team in targets behind Delanie Walker (nine) and Corey Davis (six). With quarterback Marcus Mariota (knee) also laboring, Tennessee's passing game will be difficult to trust next week in San Francisco.
Matthews (hamstring) will play in Sunday's game in Arizona, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Matthews was a limited practice participant Wednesday and a full participant Thursday, putting him on track to end his streak of absences at two games. He'll return to a likely matchup with Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who often shadows the top wideout on the opposing team. With Corey Davis yet to reach 50 yards in five games since returning from his own hammy injury, the Cardinals presumably will deploy Peterson against Matthews.
The hamstring injury rendered Matthews a game-day decision for both of the past two weeks, with the Titans' top wideout ultimately getting ruled out of both contests after his mobility was limited in pregame workouts. It looks as though Matthews will spare fantasy owners the suspense for Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals, as his full practice Thursday will likely allow him to avoid an injury designation in Week 14. That being said, Matthews is expected to be shadowed by Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson for most of the day Sunday, which may prompt quarterback Marcus Mariota to target other options in the passing attack more frequently than he otherwise might.
Matthews (hamstring) confirmed after Wednesday's practice that he expects to return for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Matthews apparently came close to playing in Sunday's 24-13 win over the Texans, but he was held out in a game-time decision after managing just one limited practice (on Friday) leading up to the game. Titans head coach Mike Mularkey has already expressed confidence about a Week 14 return, with Matthews backing it up Wednesday by getting in another limited practice. A return to full participation by the end of the week would give owners a bit more confidence as Matthews prepares for a potential shadow situation against Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. It's obviously a sub-optimal spot, even if it turns out that the wideout's hamstring is no longer a real concern.
Matthews (hamstring) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Matthews returned to a limited practice Friday but ultimately was ruled out for Sunday's eventual 24-13 win over Houston. Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said Monday that Matthews was almost able to play in that game, leading to speculation that the wideout will be ready to play Week 14 in Arizona. A full practice before the end of the week would instill more confidence as Matthews prepares for a potential head-to-head matchup with Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.
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