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Injuries: Matthews suffers chip fracture in sternum

The Billsdealt one of the most potential-packed receivers of the last decade, and in part of their hefty return package received the productive Jordan Matthews from Philadelphia.

Unfortunately, the Bills may have to wait a while before seeing him on the field.

Matthews sustained a "chip fracture" in his sternum during his first practice with the club, according to an official announcement made by the Bills on Monday.

This obviously isn't the way Buffalo hoped the Matthews era would get going. After removing Sammy Watkins from the equation, Tyrod Taylor now has to operate with rookie Zay Jones, veteran Anquan Boldin and a slew of wideouts competing for playing time behind them. Matthews will have to learn the offense from the sideline.

This was never going to be a high-flying attack in Buffalo this year. Clearly, the Bills are setting up the chess board for 2018 and beyond, but in the meantime are certainly putting plenty of pressure on Taylor to be the best quarterback he can be.

Here is the other injury news we are tracking on Monday:

  1. Jaguars wideout Marqise Lee suffered a high-ankle sprain this past weekend at practice, a source informed told NFL Network Ian Rapoport. Rapoport added that the USC product will try to come back for the season opener, but caution from the team could push his return date back.

Rookie running back Leonard Fournette was held out of practice again on Monday. Fournette is dealing with a nagging foot injury and coach Doug Marrone said Sunday the team is exercising caution and not rushing a return. Both Lee and Fournette will likely not play in Thursday's game against the Buccaneers, Marrone said Monday.

  1. Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters Monday that tailback Devonta Freeman is in concussion protocol and has been ruled out for Sunday's preseason game against the Steelers.
  1. Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant (elbow) passed his physical and is expected to participate in practice Monday afternoon, the team announced.
  1. Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's loss against the Seahawks that will keep him out at least the first four games, Rapoport reported, per a source. He may need surgery, Rapoport added.
  1. Lions linebacker Brandon Copeland tore his pec and will need surgery, Rapoport reported. He is out for the season, Rapoport added. Copeland played in all 16 games last year.
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