Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/8/12

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he will miss Monday night's season opener against the Oakland Raiders as he is still nursing a broken clavicle.

Mathews participated in non-contact drills this week for the first time since sustaining the injury in the Chargers' exhibition opener four weeks ago.

He has said that he would be ready for the first game of the season, but has to adjust the goal by at least another week.

"I haven't been cleared for contact, and I think we're just going to wait this week," Mathews said Friday. "I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing. ... I just have to have the mindset right.

"I probably won't be playing in this game. But the next game, that's what I'm looking for now. I don't know about the team, but me personally, now I'm looking for that (Week 2) game against Tennessee."

The injury was expected to take four to six weeks to recover from so Mathews is on schedule.

"They just want to be on the cautious side," he said. "It's been a lot of hard work, but you can't do anything about it. You really can't. You've just got to do what you can do, cheer on your teammates as much as you can. Like I said, my goal is to try to be ready by next week."

Ronnie Brown is expected to start in place of Mathews, who rushed for 1,091 yards in 14 games (13 starts) last year.

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