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.”