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Former Eagles WR blames medical staff for lingering injury issues

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Former Eagles WR blames medical staff for lingering injury issues

Jordan Matthews' 2017 season was hindered by an injured thumb and a chest injury, but the Bills' wide receiver blames the Eagles' medical staff for his lingering injuries.

In a Sirius NFL Radio interview Tuesday, via The Buffalo News, Matthews said "two really bad diagnoses" by the Eagles' doctors didn't catch a need for surgery to repair damage to his knee and ankle.

"I think the worst and most frustrating thing about the whole situation was, when I got to Buffalo, I was still dealing with the things that I had to get surgery on," Matthews. "But I had two really bad diagnoses on the knee and the ankle, so going into the trade, I thought they were both things that were going to heal on their own. But once I got around Buffalo's doctors, they got me in touch with the right people and then I got really good feedback.

"We ended up finding out there were other things that I was dealing with, so the thumb was definitely upsetting, the chest was upsetting. But what's crazy was when they ended up doing my surgery on my knee, they actually told me that, 'Man, it's a good thing that you didn't play more games, you didn't practice more, because you needed to come here and get this procedure done as soon as possible.' So, if anything, it was a blessing in disguise. I don't regret any of the times that happen. I think it honestly has just made me a stronger person, it's going to make me a better player."

Matthews was traded, along with a 2018 third-round pick, to Buffalo for Ronald Darby last August. Matthews played in 10 games for the Bills, hauling in 25 receptions for 282 yards and one touchdown. 

Matthews suffered a chest injury in his first practice with the Bills, causing him to miss the remainder of the preseason. After mid-season thumb surgery caused him to miss one game in October, Matthews had his season ended early when he was placed on IR in early December because of a lingering knee issue. Soon after, Matthews had surgery performed on both his left knee and right ankle. 

Matthews dealt with ankle and knee injuries during his time with the Eagles. Matthews missed the entire 2016 preseason with a knee injury after taking a low hit in training camp. He would also miss two of the final five games of that season due to an ankle injury.

The knee injury, which the team officially termed as tendinitis, then caused Matthews to miss a good chunk of offseason work. At the first full-team training camp practice prior to the 2017 season, Matthews said he considered having offseason surgery on the knee but opted for rehab instead. 

Matthews is set to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. 

Did Howie Roseman really try to trade for LeSean McCoy?

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Did Howie Roseman really try to trade for LeSean McCoy?

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Eagles tried to steal LeSean McCoy back from the Bills after Chip Kelly’s firing, but the Bills rejected the Eagles’ trade offers, according to a story in the New York Daily News.

According to the story, Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman tried to undo Kelly’s catastrophic trade of McCoy to the Bills by offering Jordan Matthews and other unnamed players at some point after he regained control of the front office. 

Kelly traded McCoy to the Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso after the 2014 season and was fired after the 2015 season. The Eagles wound up trading Matthews to the Bills anyway this past summer for cornerback Ronald Darby.

McCoy, one of the most popular players in recent Eagles history, has long been outspoken about his dislike of Kelly, who is now the head coach at UCLA. He said recently on NFL Network: “I got a lot of love for Philadelphia now that the little short coach is with the kids, where he belongs.”

McCoy is the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher with 6,792 yards in six seasons. In three years with the Bills, he has 3,300 yards. He’s made six Pro Bowls, including five in a row. He’s already one of only 14 players in NFL history with 10,000 rushing yards and 400 receptions, and his 4.6 career rushing average is second-highest of those 14 players. He’s one of just six players to reach 10,000 rushing yards and 400 catches before his 30th birthday.

McCoy’s career body of work has put him into the Hall of Fame conversation. Although his rushing average was down to a career-low 4.0 this year, he still had 1,138 rushing yards, 59 receptions and eight touchdowns.

The Eagles have been trying to figure out the running back position since McCoy’s departure after the 2014 season. They signed DeMarco Murray initially to replace McCoy, but he averaged only 3.6 yards per carry and was traded to the Titans after the 2015 season.

Ryan Mathews, who had backed up Murray in 2015, was promoted to the lead role and averaged 4.3 yards per carry in 2016 but was injured much of the season and was released after undergoing offseason neck surgery. He was out of football this past season.

This year, the Eagles got to the Super Bowl with veteran LeGarrette Blount, midseason acquisition Jay Ajayi and undrafted rookie Corey Clement. Wendell Smallwood began the season as one of the main backs but has been mainly inactive since Ajayi’s arrival. Darren Sproles has been out with an injury since Week 3 and is scheduled to be a free agent.

The one thing the Shady trade did accomplish is it helped the Eagles land Carson Wentz, since one of the picks the Eagles acquired when they traded Alonso and Byron Maxwell to the Dolphins wound up going to the Browns as part of the deal that brought the Eagles the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft.

Shady loves Philly and still hates Chip Kelly

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Shady loves Philly and still hates Chip Kelly

It was real Shady on NFL Network today, and not just because LeSean McCoy was on. The former Eagle let everyone know exactly how he feels about the city of Philadelphia and his former coach, Chip Kelly.

“I got a lot of love for Philadelphia now that the little short coach is with the kids where he belongs,” McCoy said.

Kelly, who had a tremendous amount of success at Oregon before being signed by the Eagles, is back in the collegiate ranks with the “kids” after signing a big-money deal with UCLA. The beef between McCoy and Kelly goes back to Kelly’s tenure in Philly, but Shady still cheers for the Eagles, as seen on his Instagram story last week when he was at the game with former Eagles teammate Jeremy Maclin.

After his fourth 1,000-plus yards rushing season in 2013, McCoy was shipped to Buffalo for Kiko Alonso, a move that did not sit well with many, including McCoy himself. Alonso was later traded to Miami after one disappointing season for the Birds. McCoy has had a great deal of success over the past three seasons with the Bills and was selected to his fourth straight Pro Bowl this year.

Let’s hope Shady is happy once again for his former team after today’s game at the Linc.