EAGLE MATTHEWS DOUBLING DOWN: I’LL BE STARTING SEPT. 11 OPENER

By Peter Gleason

So, Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who has been out almost three weeks with a knee bone bruise, is doubling down on his vow to be healthy enough to start the Eagles’ regular season opener against the Browns on Sept 11 — 17 days from now!

“I promise,” he said yesterday.

Matthews suffered the injury in early August, and the Eagles had originally targeted this week as his potential return date. Now, though, Matthews is focused on being back to work in early September as the Eagles start working on the games that count.

“I don’t like to put percentages on anything, but at the same time, I’m definitely feeling good,” he said. “I’m doing a lot better. I’m running around, moving, lifting, jumping. I’m back doing pretty much all of that stuff.

“The coaches want me to be patient because if there ever was a time to be patient, this is it. We’re just being smart with it.”

Matthews led the Eagles with 85 catches for 997 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Though the Eagles added Dorial Green-Beckham via trade last week and plan to get Green-Beckham some work with the No. 1 offense this week, the Eagles have a young and unsettled receiving corps that’s even younger with Matthews out.

Matthews will again be a key part of the passing game as soon as he’s back to full speed.

“Two or three years ago, I probably would’ve been upset about how [the injury] happened,” Matthews said. “But now, it’s [like], these things happen. It’s part of the game. I’ve been around enough veterans. I’ve seen them handle injury well. Go attack rehab and come back even better.”

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