Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is expected to play on Sunday against the Falcons after missing the first two games of the season.
Chargers coach Norv Turner said today that Mathews, who suffered a broken collarbone during the preseason, should be back to practice Wednesday and good to go on Sunday, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.
In the absence of Mathews, the Chargers’ running game has struggled. Ronnie Brown, who was expected to carry the load while Mathews was out, has been a total non-factor, gaining just 13 yards on nine carries. Curtis Brinkley got more carries because Brown was ineffective, but Brinkley wasn’t much better, with 55 yards on 28 carries. The Chargers finally got something going on the ground late in Sunday’s game against the Titans, when Jackie Battle carried 14 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
Mathews had 222 carries for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns last season.