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Ryan Mathews still not cleared for contact

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The chances of Chargers running back Ryan Mathews being on the field for Monday night’s game with the Raiders are not looking good.

Mathews went through individual work with the Chargers during Wednesday’s practice, but he was held out of the contact portions of the session because he still hasn’t been cleared for a full workload after surgery to repair a broken clavicle. While the Chargers are happy with the overall pace of Mathews’ recovery, coach Norv Turner made it clear that they don’t consider him ready to play in a game at this point.

“I don’t have a schedule,” Turner said, via Scott Bair of the North County Times. “I will say that I love his attitude regarding the injury. He’s doing everything possible to get back. He’d have to get the reps necessary to prepare for a game, and he’s not at that point yet.”

Per Bair, the Chargers want to reintroduce Mathews to contact slowly to lessen the risk of another injury. There’s probably not enough time for them to do that before Monday night, which means Ronnie Brown will likely be the starting tailback when the team takes the field in Oakland.

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17 Responses to “Ryan Mathews still not cleared for contact”
  1. tomsd1 says: Sep 6, 2012 11:11 AM

    And when dropsy Ryan finally does return – how long before he either fumbles or gets hurt again?

    What a bust.

  2. dublindemonszfl says: Sep 6, 2012 11:13 AM

    And once he is cleared he’ll get hurt.

  3. lanzurrah says: Sep 6, 2012 11:38 AM

    Do most “busts” play in the Pro Bowl the year prior?

  4. joetoronto says: Sep 6, 2012 11:49 AM

    I’m hoping the pansy makes it back.

    It would be nice to crack his skull and give him a real injury, for a change.

  5. dannymac17 says: Sep 6, 2012 12:27 PM

    When the Chargers beat the Raiders

    I guarantee you won’t see JoeToronto till December 25th when he will claim they will beat San Diego again.

  6. joetoronto says: Sep 6, 2012 12:31 PM

    I’ve never run away and I’ve never used any other name, Danny.

    Just so you know.

  7. dannymac17 says: Sep 6, 2012 1:04 PM

    Yea and you didn’t go MIA for about 2-3 months after all that smack talk you did when then the Raiders lost in Oakland to end their pathetic season.

    We know “Joe”. We know.

  8. randyschwimmer7 says: Sep 6, 2012 1:24 PM

    Can we please get to the point where we start calling him a bust? The dude is like Bob Sanders and gets hurt just by lacing up his cleats.

  9. ajchargers says: Sep 6, 2012 1:27 PM

    The worst draft bust in NFL history was in fact a player named Ryan, and selected by the Chargers.. But it wasn’t Ryan Matthews.

    It was Ryan Leaf.

  10. humb0lt says: Sep 6, 2012 1:37 PM

    Even if Mathews week 1, which is most likely, Charger fans have to like the fact that Ryan is chomping at the bit to play.

    Contrast that with Fraiders WR Jacoby Ford, out all summer with a mysterious foot injury, who is totally lackadaisical about when he will play again.

    Fraiders fans I know are questioning Ford’s courage and commitment.

    I’m glad Ryan Mathews is on my team. I expect big things from him this season.

  11. atacoshipinaseaofwhitesauce says: Sep 6, 2012 2:59 PM

    JoeToronto, please remove the word “Toronto” from your nickname. Your wishing injury on players, above, is not representative of the sporting tradition of the city or Canada. We don’t want to be associated with your opinions. How about “JoeJoke” ? “JoeJerk”? “JoeJobless” ?

  12. illadelphiasphinest says: Sep 6, 2012 3:52 PM

    Idk about Ryan Leaf as the worst draft bust it maybe a tie between him and Jamarcus Russell.

  13. Keyser Söze says: Sep 6, 2012 4:04 PM

    I was hoping that Matthews, as well as Gaither, would be ready to go for the late Monday nighter. There’s nothing worse than having to hear that it was injuries that caused the Blots week 1 loss (again) to the hapless Raiders. Two names to remember people; Shaughnessy and Houston……preceded by the words; “Rivers sacked again by”…

  14. stoogy says: Sep 6, 2012 4:44 PM

    humb0lt

    I agree with you about ford i am raiders fan and not exactly excited about his attitude as of late. I believe him and cambell were close and when they let him go for palmer it affected his mind set. I expect that if he doesnt fix his chemistry with palmer he will be looking for work before too long.

  15. raiderapologist says: Sep 6, 2012 7:25 PM

    humb0lt says: Sep 6, 2012 1:37 PM

    Even if Mathews week 1, which is most likely, Charger fans have to like the fact that Ryan is chomping at the bit to play.
    Contrast that with Fraiders WR Jacoby Ford, out all summer with a mysterious foot injury, who is totally lackadaisical about when he will play again.
    ————–
    Ford hasn’t looked good, but it’s a bit of a stretch to say he’s been out all summer with a mysterious foot injury. He was injured during the preseason game against the Cardinals, which was on August 17th. It’s the same spot on the same foot he injured last season during the first Charger game. It’s a foot sprain, not a phantom, unknown injury.

  16. jjackwagon says: Sep 7, 2012 5:18 PM

    Is it safe to say the Raiders 2011 draft was a bust since they have released the 3rd and 4th round draft picks from that year?

  17. raiderapologist says: Sep 8, 2012 12:04 PM

    jjackwagon says: Sep 7, 2012 5:18 PM

    Is it safe to say the Raiders 2011 draft was a bust since they have released the 3rd and 4th round draft picks from that year?
    —–
    Probably not. The 4th round guy is on the practice squad. Not great, but not a total loss so far. The other 6 picks are on the 53. You might want to wait another year or two before you declare the entire draft a bust.

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