Jordan Matthews Says No Reason to Be Concerned About Knee Injury

Updated: 3:27 p.m.

Wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who hasn't practiced during the three weeks of Eagles OTAs because of knee tendinitis, said there's no reason for fans to be concerned about his health.

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"Not at all," he said. "I'm not concerned."

Matthews has not participated in any of the OTAs the last three weeks at the NovaCare Complex.

He spoke at his locker after Thursday's practice and said several times he couldn't talk about the injury beyond just saying there's no reason for fans to be concerned about his knee. 
 
Head coach Doug Pederson said Matthews would be practicing if this were the regular season but said the fourth-year wide receiver is working with trainer Chris Peduzzi and the team's medical staff to relieve the pain and discomfort in his knee.
 
"If this were the regular season, Jordan would be fine, he'd be able to go," Pederson said. "We're not playing games. I understand what Jordan can do, his impact to the team, his relationship with Carson (Wentz), I get all that.
 
"I want our guys healthy for July and August and obviously September. I'm not concerned wth Jordan and where he's at and just can't wait to get him back out there."
 
Matthews, a second-round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2014, has 225 receptions for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns in his first three seasons.
 
His 225 catches are 10th-most in NFL history by a player in his first three seasons. He's also one of only five players in NFL history with at least 65 receptions and 800 yards in each of his first three seasons.
 
Matthews had never missed a game before missing the last two last year with an ankle injury.
 
"Physically, he's fine," Pederson said. "We're taking a one-day-at-a-time approach. We've still got a long way before we play games, and he's doing everything in his power and working with Peduzzi and our doctors to get ready, and he'll be fine heading into training camp."
 
Pederson didn't rule out Matthews participating in next week's mandatory minicamp, although that seems unlikely at this point.
 
"There's a chance," he said. "We've just got to see where he is. Just understand I don't want to push anybody and don't want to rush anybody out there."

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