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Patriots wide receiver has a serious hamstring injury

The Patriots receiver isn’t healthy.

Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

New England Patriots wide receiver Jordan Matthews was the only player not in attendance on Wednesday and he’s been unavailable since injuring his hamstring on Sunday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Matthews’ injury is deemed to be significant, while The Athletic’s Jeff Howe adds that the injury “could cost him a bit of time.”

Matthews projected to be a part of a crowded wide receiver competition, but this injury greatly impacts his potential to make the roster. While fellow receivers Kenny Britt and Malcolm Mitchell have also been sidelined, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson have made their cases to be the #3 and #4 receivers behind Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan.

The Patriots have also worked out veteran wide receiver Eric Decker, who plays a very similar inside-outside role that Matthews expected to line up at in the New England offense.

Hopefully Matthews is able to make a speedy recovery, but he’s battled ankle and knee injuries over the past two seasons and has an uphill battle to compete for a roster spot.