Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews is dealing with back spasms, and his status for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks is unclear.
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Friday, Nov. 18
The Eagles announced Matthews is questionable for their Week 11 clash with the Seahawks in Seattle.
While Matthews missed practice Wednesday due to back spasms, he returned to participate in practice Thursday, according to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advance Media.
Matthews dealt with a knee injury during the preseason, and while his back issues present another obstacle, durability has been one of his biggest assets at the NFL level.
Matthews has been a consistent presence since the Eagles drafted him in the second round in 2014. He played all 16 games in each of his first two seasons and tallied 872 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches as a rookie and followed that up with 997 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches in his second campaign.
He is in the midst of a solid season in 2016 with 48 receptions for 580 yards and three touchdowns, all of which lead the team.
The 6’3" receiver serves as a dangerous red-zone threat because of his ability to out-leap cornerbacks on jump balls and high-point passes. Matthews also possesses enough speed to create separation downfield.
The Eagles do have a handful of other pieces who can shoulder more of the load if he is forced to miss Sunday’s game.
Nelson Agholor was a 2015 first-round pick with a high ceiling, and the talented Dorial Green-Beckham has shown some flashes of brilliance.
Tight end Zach Ertz is also a big-time target, but he has missed games due to injury this season and is questionable for Week 11 like Matthews.
Matthews has the potential to be a reliable No. 1 receiver, and the Eagles are a much more dangerous offense when he is healthy and on the field, which makes his availability paramount against Seattle’s dominant defense.