FOXBOROUGH — When Jordan Matthews pulled up with a hamstring injury while running a deep pattern early in Sunday morning’s practice, the hope was that it was just a minor tweak.
Turns out that that’ll be the last route the veteran receiver will run as a Patriot after a league source confirmed Wednesday that he has been released.
Matthews was signed as a free agent in April and was looking to kickstart his career after an injury-shortened season in Buffalo. Matthews had collected 225 receptions for 2,673 yards during his first three seasons in Philadelphia — most of the coming from the slot.
Matthews was seen as a leading candidate to fill that role in New England — at least for the first four games of season while Julian Edelman serves his suspension. Now it looks like second-year man Riley McCarron and rookie Braxton Berrios will aim to be the leading candidates to keep Edelman’s seat warm.
The fifth-year veteran earned $300,000 for his short stint in town, earning an $80,000 signing bonus, $130,000 for his offseason workout bonus, and $90,000 of his base salary.
Matthews was among the first players to arrive for practice sessions during OTAs, minicamp, and through the first four practices of training camp. He had made a handful of nice plays and appeared to be building a solid rapport with Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer.
To fill the roster spot, the Patriots added ex-Michigan fullback Henry Poggi, who practiced Wednesday wearing No. 48. Poggi, a 23-year-old Baltimore native, played in 44 career games over four seasons for Michigan.