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Running back Ryan Mathews is targeting the Chargers' Sept. 10 season opener against the Oakland Raiders for his return from a broken collarbone suffered in San Diego's first preseason game.
''I think I heal pretty fast, so I think I'll be good in time to play against the Raiders,'' Mathews said.
Mathews was injured on his first carry of the preseason in the first quarter of the Chargers' game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. He had surgery on Friday and the Chargers said he would miss four to six weeks.
Coach Norv Turner said it'll take a ''fortunate'' recovery for Mathews to play in four weeks.
Mathews led the Chargers with 1,091 yards rushing and a 4.9-yard average last season, earning him a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Entering training camp last month, Turner said Mathews was in the best shape of his career and should be able to put up bigger numbers this season.
''You work hard and then something like that happens,'' Mathews said, ''but I figure that I'm getting them all out of the way now, and then I'll have the whole season, a long season, to look forward to.''
Mathews said he considered the injury a freak mishap. He said he ''landed wrong'' and then Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk landed on him.
''It's just something that happens,'' Mathews said. ''You've just got to walk away from it, kind of laugh at it and get better.''
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San Diego Chargers starting running back Ryan Mathews is expected to miss at least a month after breaking his collarbone in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Thursday night.
Mathews was injured on his first carry of the preseason in the first quarter and did not return to the game. He is expected to have surgery Friday morning and coach Norv Turner said he'll be...
Running back Ryan Mathews came out of the game after making just one carry Thursday in the Chargers' exhibition opener versus the Packers. Apparently the star halfback suffered a shoulder injury.Fantasy Spin:There's no reason to risk injury in a meaningless preseason game so San Diego probably just took Mathews out as a precaution. The Chargers are expecting big things from...
The news that Ryan Mathews broke his collarbone in the Chargers’ first preseason game and could be out through the first two weeks of the regular season has sent his draft stock sinking like a stone. Before Thursday’s game, Mathews was going around the 1st/2nd round turn. Now he can be had much later – [...]
That was fun while it lasted. The Ryan Mathews hype-train came to a screeching halt Thursday when the San Diego Chargers running back broke his clavicle on his very first carry of the 2012 preseason. Surgery will be performed Friday and Mathews is expected to be out for the next four to six weeks, putting his status for the regular season in doubt.
We all knew that injuries were...
(Sports Network) - San Diego Chargers starting running back Ryan Mathews suffered a broken clavicle in the opening quarter of his team's first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
Mathews suffered the injury on his only carry of the contest, a five-yard run. He will have surgery Friday and is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.
The third-year Fresno State product rushed...
The San Diego Chargers are looking for running back Ryan Mathews to have a big season. Unfortunately Mathews only carried the ball one time and was immediately knocked out of tonight’s game with a shoulder injury.
Mathews is certainly a talented running back, but this has been his biggest problem in his short career, he can’t stay healthy.
SAN DIEGO — San Diego Chargers starting running back Ryan Mathews will undergo surgery Friday morning for a broken clavicle/collarbone.
The injury-prone back was hurt on his first pre-season carry during Thursday night’s 21-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
“It’s just unfortunate,” quarterback Philip Rivers told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “His first carry of the...
According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he’s been hearing that Chargers running back Ryan Mathews’ fractured clavicle “is not that bad.”
I’m not sure how a broken bone isn’t bad. I guess it could be a clean break, which is a good things. But at the end of the day, it’s not good sign when a running back like Mathews suffers a broken clavicle...
According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews suffered a broken clavical in tonight’s preseason game. He’s expected to be out for the next four to six weeks.
Chargers head coach Norv Turner says Mathews will undergo surgery on Friday.
Obviously, the big news is Ryan Mathews out 4-6 weeks with a broken clavicle. Even if he were back for Week 1 or 2, it's hard not to see him as a Darren McFadden-level injury risk at this point - and remember - McFadden's healthy right now. Look for Ronnie Brown to see extra work early on - unless the Chargers bringing in the carcass of Cedric Benson or Ryan Grant.
With some of the recent injuries and NFL training camp battles and reports, Gridiron Experts has tweaked our Running Back and Wide Receiver Fantasy Rankings. Here are the results:
Fantasy Running Back Movement
Ryan Mathews (-10)
Wow! This is not what fantasy keeper league owners wanted to see on the first San Diego Chargers drive. At this point we have moved him way down the board...