The injury situation remains an issue for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews.
The Titans on Monday indicated that the veteran wide receiver is on the physically unable to perform list, as Matthews continues to be unable to take part in practice.
“Basically, he’s just not able to practice right now,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Matthews.
Matthews being announced on PUP did not take place until Monday, five days after both tackle Jack Conklin and tight end Phillip Supernaw were announced at the start of camp as being on the PUP list.
New Titans coach Mike Vrabel has not said what Matthews’ injury is. Matthews suffered a hamstring injury last season and missed two games with the injury. Matthews caught 53 passes for 795 yards a year ago, but had just 12 receptions over the final four games when he returned from the injury. He also had four catches total in the Titans’ two postseason games. As a whole, the Titans have been very tight-lipped regarding any injury situations suffered by players in the off-season or in training camp.
In Matthews’ absence, the Titans have been using Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor as their primary starting receivers, while a number of players have gotten work as the third receiver in three-receiver sets, including Tajae Sharpe, Michael Campanaro and Darius Jennings. On Monday, undrafted rookie Deontay Burnett also got some work in the slot with the first group.
Matthews came to the Titans in 2016 and had a breakout season, catching 65 passes for 945 yards and nine touchdowns, as he became favorite target of Marcus Mariota over the course of that season.
Matthews was not the only player missing from practice during Monday’s scrimmage type workout.
Others who were out included linebacker Brian Orakpo (shoulder), tight ends Jonnu Smith and Luke Stocker, linebacker Rashaan Evans, center Nico Falah and defensive linemen Connor Flagel and Claude Pelon (knee).