By Cam Inman
SANTA CLARA — Jordan Matthews’ knee injury has been diagnosed as a torn anterior cruciate ligament, foiling his strong bid at making the 49ers’ roster as a converted tight end.
Matthews got hurt in non-contact fashion running a route in offensive warmups Monday and immediately walked off the field with a trainer.
A ninth-year veteran with 274 career catches as a wide receiver, Matthews made the switch last year to tight end and spent most of the season on the practice squad. He capped last Wednesday’s first practice of training camp by catching a Brock Purdy pass with four defenders in his wake.
The 49ers’ tight end unit remains led by George Kittle, so a priority this camp was identifying who else would make that cast. Charlie Woerner, who got elevated to the No. 2 tight end spot as a rookie, is rehabilitating from core-muscle surgery and on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
That leaves Ross Dwelley battling to retain a roster spot in competition with Tyler Kroft, Tanner Hudson and Troy Fumagalli.
Matthews was a 2014 second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, for whom he spent his four seasons before joining the Buffalo Bills. He returned to the Eagles after the 49ers cut him following the 2019 training camp. The 49ers welcomed him back in 2020 and have valued his professionalism and hard-working approach since then.
Last week, the 49ers lost another player for the season when defensive tackle Maurice Hurst tore a biceps. There’ve been no other such injuries through seven practices, though defensive lineman Arik Armstead sprained his medial collateral knee ligament on camp’s second snap.
Source: Paradise Post