I first met Casey Matthews when he was about 2 years old and climbing around on his dad, Clay, during a Browns training camp.
How’s that for feeling, um, seasoned as I’m told to report that Casey, now a 26-year-old Vikings linebacker, has been placed on season-ending injured reserve because of a hip injury suffered while jumping over a hurdle during the team’s offseason conditioning program.
Matthews, the sixth of seven from the Matthews clan to play in the NFL, was signed via free agency during the offseason. Eleven of his 15 career starts came last year with the Eagles. The five-year veteran would have provided depth at linebacker and help on special teams.
In other injury news, the Vikings:
- Placed Josh Robinson (pectoral) on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Coach Mike Zimmer wouldn’t reveal how long he expects Robinson to be out.
- Placed defensive tackle Shamar Stephen and receiver DaVaris Daniels on the non-football injury list. Stephen, who was a valuable part of the team’s defensive line rotation a year ago, had one of his knees swell up on the flight to Minnesota. He had a massage on the knee, which contributed to it swelling on the plane, Zimmer said. He’s expected to miss up to three days.