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Ryan Mathews practices, hasn’t been cleared for contact

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Chargers running back Ryan Mathews took a step toward game action on Monday when he returned to practice.

Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Mathews did individual drills during Monday’s workout that was open to the media. It’s a great sign of progress for Mathews’ overall health, but it’s not clear how much it helps his chances of playing in the opener against the Raiders.

Mathews, who reported no pain from the injury, said that he’s “very hopeful” of playing in that game, but his return to practice does not include a return to contact. That’s obviously a necessary step toward Mathews playing in a game and there’s no word right now on when such clearance might be coming his way.

Mathews broke his clavicle on his first preseason carry Aug. 9 and had surgery to repair the injury that was predicted to have a four-to-six week recovery time. The Chargers get an extra day thanks to the opener falling on Monday night and we’d expect them to take almost all that time to decide the best course of action for Mathews. Whatever they decide for Week One, Monday’s news was promising for Mathews’ overall availability in the early part of the season.

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17 Responses to “Ryan Mathews practices, hasn’t been cleared for contact”
  1. villa41 says: Sep 3, 2012 5:57 PM

    Good. Bring it Ryan. We’re waiting on you. With that offensive line, and I do mean offensive as in body odor offensive, you may not last through the first quarter when when our D is getting medieval on you and Rivers.

  2. yaryers says: Sep 3, 2012 6:22 PM

    So it wasn’t just all talk. He really is a quick healer.

  3. charger88 says: Sep 3, 2012 6:47 PM

    I will be shocked if he performs well this season. I broke my clavicle twice ten years ago and it still bothers me. I remember Terrell Owens missing the rest of the season after breaking his clavicle halfway through the season. Ronnie Brown will end up being the guy who carries the rock.

  4. dougydougdoug says: Sep 3, 2012 7:01 PM

    Ah, House41 is quoting Pulp Fiction. Yet again.
    If the Chargers were playing a respectable team, i.e. any team NOT in the AFC West, they would likely be in trouble. But, as was already told to you before, there is no factual/statistical evidence to support your fanatical opinion that the Raiders will do anything other than embarrass themselves yet again this season. It’ll be fun to watch them choke, at home, to the Chargers, again. It’s a nice bookend to the finale last season.

  5. millerhour says: Sep 3, 2012 7:42 PM

    Am I the only one who feels as if it would be in his own best interest to wait at least a month after surgery to get back on the field?

  6. ripseau says: Sep 3, 2012 8:02 PM

    Mathews or brown, it doesnt really matter. Its Raider week. The Chargers always play 3 clicks higher when facing Oakland. 3 td win for Sandy Eggo

  7. bwisnasky says: Sep 3, 2012 8:18 PM

    “The Chargers always play 3 clicks higher when facing Oakland. ”

    Really? Seems to me with an undrafted rookie protecting Rivers’ blindside, it’s looking more and more like the first game last year than the last game last year… in which, the Chargers certainly didn’t play 3 clicks higher than the Raiders.. in fact, pretty sure that Oakland embarrassed Sandy Eggo that night….. Look for more of the same… although this time, the Dolts have to deal with McFadden as well since they didn’t get to see him last year… Oh.. and Shaughnessy…..

  8. whatwouldlombardido says: Sep 3, 2012 8:33 PM

    And the countdown to Ryan Mathews next injury has begun.

  9. gabyguti15 says: Sep 3, 2012 9:02 PM

    Mr glass won’t be ready monday night and Plays 10 games this year.

  10. raiderapologist says: Sep 3, 2012 9:47 PM

    Charger fans go on and on about about how bad the Raiders are, and then brag about beating them once in the past two seasons. Set your sights a little higher, boys.

  11. lucasblack12 says: Sep 3, 2012 10:55 PM

    @charger88 unless you train like an NFL player don’t compare your injury to one haha, these guys are physical beasts.

  12. omgfmlyolo says: Sep 3, 2012 11:07 PM

    If he can stay healthy, he could be a big help in the Chargers quest to take the division. The kid is above average when he is able to play.

  13. 619sdfan4life says: Sep 4, 2012 5:44 AM

    I love how the “Chokeland Raider fans talk about the last 4 games as the new standard to SD vs Oak. Let’s go back a few years. How many games in a row did SD beat them wasn’t it like SD hadn’t loss to them in the past 4-5 years. You guys are foolish to think Norv showed the league the plays he plans on using. And regarding Matthews I agree the guy needs to chill out before he makes it worse. Mark my words if he gets hurt again this year and doesn’t produce better believe we get an RB next year in draft.

  14. joetoronto says: Sep 4, 2012 5:58 AM

    It’s time to embarrass the Chargers, yet again.

    Go Raiders!

  15. dannymac17 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:49 AM

    i love when Raider fans call Mathews soft or “glass” as if you dont have your own overgrown version who misses 6 weeks after stubbing his toe.

  16. dougydougdoug says: Sep 4, 2012 10:59 PM

    raiderapologist:

    You’re right. It’s a far cry from the league-record streak of consecutive defeats the Chargers handed the Raiders during most of the last decade. That would be difficult for any team to do again.

  17. raiderapologist says: Sep 5, 2012 10:51 AM

    dougydougdoug says: Sep 4, 2012 10:59 PM

    You’re right. It’s a far cry from the league-record streak of consecutive defeats the Chargers handed the Raiders during most of the last decade. That would be difficult for any team to do again.
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    I’m aware of the rivalry and past results. Just saying Charger fans seem more focused on beating the Raiders than they do about collecting some hardware.

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