Ryan Mathews practices, hasn’t been cleared for contact

AP

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.

17 responses to “Ryan Mathews practices, hasn’t been cleared for contact

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. “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…..

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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