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An external view of the New England Patriots stadium

An external view of the New England Patriots stadium

The New England Patriots have reportedly released wideout Jordan Matthews after he suffered an injury during the first week of camp.

Matthews was the only Patriot not spotted at Thursday's practice, where all other injured players working out on a lower conditioning field.

Matthews was thought to be a potential fill-in for Julian Edelman during his four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He also played three seasons with the Jets before signing a one-year, $3.85 million contract with Tennessee in June 2017.

The Patriots have Edelman and Hogan atop their receiver depth chart, with Cordarrelle Patterson also projected to make the roster, primarily as a kickoff returner and gunner covering punts.

Matthews suffered through two significant injuries during his short time with the Bills that cost him six games. Malcolm Mitchell remains in recovery from his knee injury, while Kenny Britt is on the PUP list with a hamstring injury of his own.

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To fill the roster spot, the Patriots added ex-Michigan fullback Henry Poggi, who practiced Wednesday wearing No. 48. "We're going to go out there and play as hard as we can with who we have on the field, and you can't really say much more than that".

Matthews spent the first three seasons of his National Football League career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He could negotiate an injury settlement and eventually become a free agent.

Matthews was signed as a free agent in April and was looking to kickstart his career after an injury-shortened season in Buffalo.

In 10 games with the Buffalo Bills last season, Matthews caught 25 passes for 282 yards and one touchdown.

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