Chargers' Mathews cleared for contact

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 13, 2012

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03: Running back Ryan Mathews of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball while being pursued by Joey Porter of the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 41-10. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Running back Ryan Mathews has been cleared for contact but was limited in practice as the San Diego Chargers continued preparing for their home opener Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Mathews has been out since breaking his collarbone on his first carry in the exhibition opener on Aug. 9. Coach Norv Turner says Mathews looked good in practice Thursday. The Chargers don't have to list his status for the game until Friday. Tight end Antonio Gates sat out his second straight practice with sore ribs.
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