New Bills WR Matthews has broken sternum

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 13: Jordan Matthews #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks on the field prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Falcons 24-15. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

One of the reasons the Bills likely traded away Sammy Watkins was his propensity to be injured. 

That propensity, apparently, didn’t leave with Watkins. At least, not yet. 

Jordan Matthews, the man expected to replace Watkins at Buffalo’s top receiver, suffered a chip fracture in his sternum during his first Bills practice Sunday. The Bills made the announcement Monday morning. 

Matthews is listed as week to week. 

Bills GM Brandon Beane told WGR radio that he thinks the injury happened in the first 15 minutes of practice on Sunday. 

Former Chargers team doctor and current ESPN employee David Chao tweeted soon after the announcement that he believes Matthews should be able to play when the regular season begins. The issue will be how much pain he can stand. 

This injury will likely drastically cut short the amount of time Matthew will have to practice with his new team and new quarterback before the season opener in less than a month. 

The Bills acquired Matthews in a trade with the Eagles for Ronald Darby on Friday. Buffalo also sent Philadelphia a sixth round pick in exchange for a third in the 2018 draft. 

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