The Buffalo Bills traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews a few days ago. But nothing is going as planned for the new Bills’ receiver, and the groans from fans can already be heard across the country.
Matthews suffered a chip fracture in his sternum during his first practice with his new team, according to the teams Twitter account.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 14, 2017
One of the reasons the Bills made the trade for Matthews — after sending Sammy Watkins to the Rams — is because of Matthews’ durability compared to Watkins. It wasn’t a secret that Watkins had trouble staying on the field because of injuries, but Buffalo suffers a big blow with the chest injury to their new receiver.
This past offseason saw Bills’ receivers have a mass exodus from One Bills Drive. Robert Woods bolted for the Los Angeles Rams and is now a teammate with his former teammate, Watkins. Another receiver to leave and go elsewhere is Marquise Goodwin, who also struggled with his own amount of injuries, but had flashes of speed when he was actually on the field.
The Bills signed NFL-veteran Anquan Boldin not long ago, and his impact in the locker room will be beneficial for the team and Matthews through his recovery. While the current situation isn’t ideal for Buffalo, they are an NFL team that is very familiar with injuries affecting the outcome of a season.
And if that is a silver lining for this team, they will continue to push through it and hope for the best when the regular season begins. But fans are hoping that the win-loss column looks far different at the end of this season, regardless of how much of an impact Jordan Matthews’ injury has at this point.