Patriots release Jordan Matthews following hamstring injury

The New England Patriots released Jordan Matthews on Wednesday after the Madison Academy grad suffered a hamstring injury over the weekend.

Posted: Aug 1, 2018 7:48 PM

Injuries in recent years have been a thorn in Jordan Matthews' side and today, that very thing cost him his job with the New England Patriots. 

The Boston Globe first reported that league sources told them the team was releasing Matthews after he suffered a hamstring injury while running a deep route during Sunday morning's practice. 

Because he was injured, the Patriots initially placed Matthews on the injured reserve and then reached an injury settlement with him that allows him to play again this season for another team, if healthy. 

The Madison Academy grad signed a one-year $1 million deal with New England back in april and was looking to bounce back from an injury-shortened season with the Buffalo Bills in 2017.  

After being traded from Philadelphia to Buffalo in August of 2017, Matthews suffered a chest injury in his first practice with the Bills.  The injuries didn't stop there though, after returning to the field following surgery for a separate thumb injury, he finished the year on injured reserve after undergoing surgery on his left knee and right ankle in December.  In total he missed the entire preseason, six regular-season games and a playoff game. 

In his four seasons in the NFL, Matthews has hauled in 250 cathces, for 2,955 yards and 20 touchdowns. 

Prior to signing with New England, Matthews visited with the Green Bay Packers, the Arizona Cardinals and the Tennessee Titans. 

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