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Ryan Mathews says his ankle sprain isn't high

Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks with an ankle injury, but he says he doesn’t have the dreaded high ankle sprain that can keep players out for several weeks.

I wouldn’t even say it was a high ankle sprain,” Mathews told Tom Krasovic of FanHouse. “Usually a high ankle is, you’re not walking the next day or really doing anything like that. I’m walking fine.”

So if Mathews doesn’t have a high ankle sprain, does he have a low ankle sprain? He says what he really has is soreness in the ankle.

“I don’t feel pain or anything like that,” he said. “It’s really just real, real, real sore. . . . It’s going to take some time to get used to, but it’s going to heal up fine. It really is “

Mathews had 20 carries for 78 yards in his NFL debut, then had five carries for 26 yards before the injury forced him out of his second NFL game. He said he’s satisfied with everything except the soreness of his ankle.

“As far as running the ball,” Mathews said, “I think I’m doing an excellent job.”

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19 Responses to “Ryan Mathews says his ankle sprain isn't high”
  1. Turk says: Sep 25, 2010 8:25 AM

    Umm, if something is “real real sore”, isn’t that pain?

  2. JP says: Sep 25, 2010 8:50 AM

    “I don’t feel pain or anything like that,” he said. “It’s really just real, real, real sore. . . .”

  3. DYNASTY says: Sep 25, 2010 9:10 AM

    This guys sounds weak. Excuses this early in his career? Let’s see him break a long run before mid season?

  4. RexR#1 says: Sep 25, 2010 9:13 AM

    “I don’t feel pain or anything like that,” he said. “It’s really just real, real, real sore.”

    Say what?

  5. bryan says: Sep 25, 2010 9:53 AM

    I’m afraid this guy is not going to live up to all the hype..

  6. mikebyrne1502 says: Sep 25, 2010 10:23 AM

    Turk says:
    September 25, 2010 8:25 AM
    Umm, if something is “real real sore”, isn’t that pain?
    Only if your a puntang!!!! Take it from someone in the medical field, if your screaming your head off because your ankles sore, your a pussy, if your screaming because your leg is broke, well thats PAIN!!!!!

  7. Bandwagon hater says: Sep 25, 2010 11:17 AM

    I think everyone needs to get off this kids jock and give him a break he played two games so far he should be good but if everyone is expecting him to play like LT right out the gate your lucky if your ever see a back like that on your team it’s not like you can draft a hall of fame running back ever time you draft a back get over it cry babys

  8. frantzchize says: Sep 25, 2010 11:34 AM

    “I think I’m doing an excellent job”…. wouldn’t an “excellent” job include holding onto the ball?

  9. joetoronto says: Sep 25, 2010 11:39 AM

    “As far as running the ball,” Mathews said, “I think I’m doing an excellent job.”
    Yup, he’s a Discharger alright, full of himself.

  10. clintcooper says: Sep 25, 2010 11:50 AM

    This guy is a bust in the making. Sit him down and start Mike Tolbert instead Norv. Knowing Norv Turner though, he will sit Mike Tolbert (successful player) and play Ryan Mathews (unsuccessful player) because he doesn’t want to hurt Ryan’s feelings.

  11. gooworm says: Sep 25, 2010 12:53 PM

    Clint…pretty ignorant comment. Take ur garbage talk elsewhere.

  12. NumberSeven says: Sep 25, 2010 1:37 PM

    Geez, I hope he gets back by their next home game or it may affect ticket sales and they could get blacked out. Oh wait…

  13. boltschick says: Sep 25, 2010 1:41 PM

    Mathews has done a phenomenal job running the football. Fumbles are a part of the learning curve for rookies. He’ll figure it out as he gets more exposure to game-type contact. Obviously he doesn’t get hit that way in practice, and wasn’t hit that way in college, so how could he have prepared for it?
    And he’s not making any excuses at all. He’s trying to convince the coaches to put him back out there.
    Some of us don’t equate soreness with pain. To me, pain is something you feel constantly. If your leg is causing you pain, you feel it no matter what you’re doing. If your leg is sore, you don’t notice it if you’re at rest.

  14. frantzchize says: Sep 25, 2010 2:24 PM

    Hate to disagree with you boltschick, but I would encompass “running the ball” to include holding onto the ball, and would hardly call his performance “phenomenal”, as you just did. I wish I had your low expectations.
    No one is saying that fumbling isn’t part of the game. He described his performance in the first two games as “excellent”. Given the first fumble on a promising job helped lead the Chargers to a loss against KC, I would hardly call his performance “excellent”, and would certainly hope that HE felt the same way.

  15. doe22us says: Sep 25, 2010 3:46 PM

    Seeing the KC game this guy is legit he will get it together sooner rather than later besides its only week 3, he misses two games he should come back strong.

  16. david M. Hopkins says: Sep 25, 2010 8:33 PM

    LT had three fumbles in his first two games, therfore mathews is ahead of the curve, why are some of you so negative, have some fun and laugh a little its football season.

  17. clintcooper says: Sep 25, 2010 10:30 PM

    Hey gooworm, once Norv wins a Super Bowl, get back to me okay?

  18. Icantadd says: Sep 26, 2010 1:16 AM

    Some people seem to forget that LT was not a 1,800 yard, 28 touchdown back when he was a rookie. He had just over 1,200 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 8 fumbles. If Mathews kept his pace of 75 yards a game, he’d end up with roughly the same stats LT had as a rookie.
    As boltschick said, fumbling is in fact more prevalent among rookie running backs. Edgerrin James had 8 fumbles his rookie year, 4 the next. Marshall Faulk had 13 fumbles over his first two seasons. Even Barry Sanders, someone who had an amazingly low amount of fumbles throughout his career, had 10 his rookie season.
    Sitting Mathews this week seems like a good idea. Better to make sure it’s 100% good to go rather than rush it and risk something more severe.

  19. antoniogates8503 says: Sep 26, 2010 5:04 PM

    Hey all you haters, you guys needa get off of Ryan’s back. Did you all think he was gonna be the next Ladainian Tomlinson right outta the gate?? Well he aint. He has giant shoes to fill and he will get there so u guys need get off his back and leave him alone!

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