The news of Matthews status change comes amid reports that the Patriots are looking at free agent WR Eric Decker. 

By Emily Caron
August 01, 2018

The Patriots have placed wide receiver Jordan Matthews on injured reserve on Wednesday, per ESPN's Field Yates. The 26-year-old reportedly suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's practice.

Matthews could negotiate an injury settlement and eventually become a free agent, but, for now, he does not count towards their 90-man roster.

News of Matthew's status change came just a day after reports surfaced that veteran wide receiver Eric Decker worked out for the Patriots on Monday.

New England has suffered a slew of early injuries at wide receiver, including Matthews. 

Decker, a 31-year-old free agent, is entering his ninth season in the NFL. He was a 2010 third-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos when current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels served as Dever's head coach.

Matthews is on a one-year, $170,000 guaranteed deal with New England this past spring. Matthews spent the 2017 season with the Buffalo Bills.

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