Bills new receiver Matthews has chip fracture in his sternum

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills newly acquired receiver Jordan Matthews has a chip fracture in his sternum and is listed as week to week.

The team provided the update Monday, a day after Matthews hurt his upper chest in his first practice since joining the team in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Matthews finished practice before being escorted off the field to be evaluated.

General manager Brandon Beane told The Associated Press the team was “still figuring it out” regarding the injury and recovery time.

The Bills are counting on Matthews to fill Sammy Watkins’ spot after he was dealt to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round draft pick in a separate trade on Friday. Buffalo gave up starting cornerback Ronald Darby to acquire Matthews and a third-round draft pick from Philadelphia.

It’s unclear when Matthews was hurt, though he did fall hard along the sideline while attempting to make a leaping catch in one-on-one coverage with cornerback Shareece Wright during a drill.

Aside from the draft picks, Matthews was the key addition in addressing Buffalo’s more immediate needs on what is now a retooled group of receivers. Buffalo lost starter Robert Woods and speedster Marquise Goodwin in free agency this past offseason.

The Bills were looking for Mathews to play alongside Anquan Boldin, who was signed last week, and

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