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Ryan Mathews practices in full pads

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We’re still not sure whether or not this Sunday’s Chargers-Titans game will be televised locally, but there’s an increased chance that running back Ryan Mathews will be in the lineup for San Diego either way.

The Chargers announced that Mathews is wearing full pads in practice on Thursday for the first time since breaking his clavicle on Aug. 9 in a preseason game. That makes five weeks, smack in the middle of the four-to-six week recovery time period quoted at the time of the injury.

The team will give a fuller update on Mathews’ status after practice, so it remains to be seen if this is the team starting the process of getting him ready for Week Three or not. Getting to the point that Mathews is wearing pads during practice is a significant step toward the goal of getting back on the playing field and it suggests that Mathews will have a chance to play this week.

Not all the injury news was so good for the Chargers on Thursday. Tight end Antonio Gates is not practicing for the second straight day as a result of the rib injury he suffered against the Raiders on Monday night. Gates has previously missed practices and played in games so this could be a situation that goes right down to the time when the Chargers have to declare their inactives on Sunday afternoon.

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12 Responses to “Ryan Mathews practices in full pads”
  1. steviemo says: Sep 13, 2012 5:51 PM

    Don’t worry; he’ll get hurt again.

  2. td30 says: Sep 13, 2012 5:54 PM

    hell probably just pull his flactoid when he touches the field

  3. dougydougdoug says: Sep 13, 2012 5:57 PM

    For all it’s worth. They were able to beat the Raiders with absolutely no running game. Granted, the Raiders are really bad, but their defensive front is solid. Can the same be said for the Oilers? They might as well let the fragile dude rest another week before getting him banged up. Those other has-bens could probably eek out a few yards of rushing if they need to.

  4. lanjoith says: Sep 13, 2012 6:25 PM

    Give him another week off to fully heal. The Bolts don’t need him to beat the Titans. Have him 100% healthy for their first real challenge of the season – The Falcons.

  5. kinggeorgexii says: Sep 13, 2012 6:25 PM

    how many minutes will elapse before he is sent to the IR?

  6. raiderapologist says: Sep 13, 2012 6:59 PM

    At least he was able to pad up without sustaining an injury. That’s promising.

  7. dougydougdoug says: Sep 13, 2012 7:20 PM

    raiderapologist:

    Don’t be so sure of that. We’ll probably hear about some new injury based on getting dressed today.

    Good Lord.

    He makes McMuffin look durable, and that’s saying a lot!

  8. paulnoga says: Sep 13, 2012 7:26 PM

    C’mon man….. What does it take for Vets like gates to wear rib pads to protect themselves.

  9. lionsdraftguy says: Sep 13, 2012 8:05 PM

    Theres some things that cant be argued. Ryan Mathews is injury prone. Gates is injury prone. Jim Harbaugh is a whiny little girl.

  10. buffalose says: Sep 13, 2012 8:18 PM

    Feel bad for Mathews, dude was never hurt until the pros, hard to call him injury prone, first major injury 15yrs into his career or however long, BUT it is what it is

  11. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 13, 2012 8:21 PM

    Nice hair cut chump. John Madden once said if Joe Namath wasn’t as good as he was everyone would have laughed at his flamboyant style… Ryan, you aren’t that good yet.

  12. dannymac17 says: Sep 14, 2012 5:26 PM

    Raider fans should say nothing about anything Charger related after getting punched in the mouth in your own stadium to start the season.

    Yet, here you are, spewing your garbage.

    At least try to beat Miami this week.

    But I won’t bank on it.

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