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Patriots do not release Jordan Matthews, place him on injured reserve instead

One of New England’s primary offseason acquisitions has been released.

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The Patriots have released newly acquired wide receiver Jordan Matthews, according to several sources.

Matthews suffered what was deemed to be a “serious” hamstring injury during training camp and hasn’t seen the field since. FA Eric Decker was brought in for a workout, and with the departure of Matthews, he could soon find himself in a Patriots uniform.

Matthews was slated to be the team’s primary slot receiver in the absence of Danny Amendola and with Julian Edelman missing the first quarter of the season. However, it looks like New England will be looking elsewhere as they get ready for their first preseason game against the Washington Redskins this Thursday.

It’s too bad, as Jordan Matthews seemed like one of those guys who flashed, but under-performed, with his previous team, and seemed primed to become a contributor to this offense. But now, in a matter of days, the receiver position suddenly has a ton of questions.

Stay tuned for further updates.

UPDATE: Jordan Matthews has been placed on Injured Reserve, per Field Yates:

UPDATE: According to the Patriots’ official release, Matthews has not been placed on injured reserve but in fact released. This is weird.