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As the Oakland Raiders prepare for their season opener against AFC West rival San Diego Chargers on Monday night, they will not face running back Ryan Mathews. The Chargers announced that he will be held out of the game after suffering a broken clavicle in their preseason opener.
Back-up running back Ronnie Brown is expected to fill in as the starter. Mathews started 14 games for the Chargers last season rushing for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns. He added 50 receptions for 455 yards. Last season against the Raiders, Mathews rushed six times for 34 yards and caught 3 passes for 23 yards in a week ten loss.
The Chargers will also be without left tackle Jared Gaither, who has been slowed by back spasms. Gaither was picked up off waivers last season after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. He started the last five games of the year for San Diego and signed a four year deal this offseason. Undrafted rookie Mike Harris will get the start for the Chargers protecting Phillip Rivers blind side.
“We know he’s out there, they know he’s out there and it’s a chess match to see how much they help him and how much the scheme goes around him and what players can match him,” Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said of the rookie left tackle Smith. “Everybody is conscious of it, them and us, and that’s what makes the game great.”
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