The Buffalo Bills are saying hello to one wide receiver while making preparations to temporarily say goodbye to another.
Walter Powell's four-game NFL suspension is over, and he can rejoin the team Monday. That's good timing, because wide receiver Jordan Matthews suffered a right thumb injury during Sunday's 23-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Matthews will undergo surgery on his injured thumb, coach Sean McDermott said Monday.
UPDATE: Powell was released by the Bills Monday afternoon.
Walt Powell won't be helping the #Bills at WR. The team just released him.
— Jay Skurski (@JaySkurski) October 2, 2017
WGR's Sal Capaccio was the first to report the surgery.
Matthews caught a 9-yard touchdown pass Sunday against the Atlanta. He has 10 catches for 162 yards and one touchdown, which is tops among receivers but trails both running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Charles Clay in both categories.
Powell had 14 catches for 142 yards in 2016 before landing on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He was suspended the first four games for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_BN) October 2, 2017