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Super Bowl standout Chris Matthews leaves game with shoulder injury

Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews left Friday night’s preseason opener against the Denver Broncos with a left shoulder injury suffered while attempting to recover a fumble.

Matthews was a gunner on the punt team and was covering a Seattle punt in the second quarter. The punt was muffed by Solomon Patton and Matthews dived for the loose ball and rammed his left shoulder into Patton and the turf in an attempt to recover the fumble.

Matthews couldn’t initially extend his arm when he got up off the turf and yanked his facemask off in frustration. He headed to the locker room was soon ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Seattle is one of the few teams to use all of their starting receivers on special teams duty. The Seahawks were hoping Matthews could take a step forward and become a consistent contributor this season after catching four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots.

UPDATE 2:17 a.m. ET: Head coach Pete Carroll said Matthews has a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Carroll thought it could keep Matthews sidelined 10 days to two weeks or so.