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Ryan Mathews breaks another clavicle, out for year


Whether he’s “somebody else’s fumbler” next year or not, Ryan Mathews isn’t going to be the Chargers’ for the next two weeks.

According to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, the Chargers running back suffered a broken left clavicle Sunday in the loss to the Panthers, and will miss the rest of the season. He broke his right clavicle in the preseason.

Mathews left the field in the second quarter, telling his teammates “I think I broke it.”

He was right, and will be placed on injured reserve this week.

“I just hate it for him,” fullback Le’Ron McClain said. “Just him bouncing back the way he did after the first one. Going into the game, he felt good today. I could see a different look in his eyes today. We were giving the ball a few times, seeing what he could do. He made a few plays, a few great runs. It sucks to come down with an injury like that.”

Mathews is a talent, but he worries you with his (lack of) durability as well as his (lack of) ball security.

Whether the next Chargers administration wants to give him a chance to redeem himself next year remains to be seen.

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24 Responses to “Ryan Mathews breaks another clavicle, out for year”
  1. help me says: Dec 16, 2012 8:35 PM

    New Charger GM – draft a RB in round 3-4 please! Dude is glass.

  2. upperdecker19 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:36 PM

    China doll

  3. trbowman says: Dec 16, 2012 8:38 PM

    “Mathews is a talent”

    I disagree

    He’s an ineffective runner with poor vision, ball security problems and a long injury history.

    He can play in the passing game, and that’s the only really good thing about him. Mathews future is as a third down back. A carry here and there and some passing down work. He’s not a feature back.

  4. terraj35 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:44 PM

    What’s this guy ever done besides get picked high in the draft and piss off fantasy football owners?

  5. trbowman says: Dec 16, 2012 8:47 PM

    “New Charger GM – draft a RB in round 3-4 please! Dude is glass.’

    Why not wait until 6-7, if at all?

    Let’s see – Alfred Morris, Bryce Brown, Daryl Richardson (who beat out their 2nd rounder!). Those names came off the top of my head, anyone else I’m missing?

  6. cobibones13 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:52 PM

    I knew he’d be a bust. In college he seemed more like a good athlete playing RB than a real RB. Aside from his injury problems, would anyone really think he’s a good RB? He’s a #2 guy at best.

    Good thing AJ Smith moved up in the draft to get him, lol.

  7. jpb12 says: Dec 16, 2012 8:55 PM

    He’s been wearing those same lucky shoulder pads since pop warner

  8. joeychargers says: Dec 16, 2012 9:00 PM

    Get rid of him and draft Kenjon Barner!

  9. tdrundmc says: Dec 16, 2012 9:03 PM

    This guy is all hype. When he actually manages to stay healthy he’s nothing special. Time to move on SD.

  10. axlviking says: Dec 16, 2012 9:10 PM

    I really think this guy should look into his nutrition. Get this guy some vitamin D and calcium supplements.

  11. joetoronto says: Dec 16, 2012 9:20 PM

    Mr Glass, choo choo!

  12. zeeman911 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:23 PM

    Please come back Tolbert and sproles……. This guy looks like he should be singing in a boyband, does not look like a football player….

  13. nathanbetz91 says: Dec 16, 2012 9:45 PM

    Well its hard to squeeze the ball tight with broken clavicles

  14. luckynumberlucas says: Dec 16, 2012 10:25 PM

    Extra padding, maybe?

  15. mulehead70 says: Dec 16, 2012 10:33 PM

    It’s a good thing the Bolts don’t expect Mathews to carry the team on his shoulders.

  16. BigBeachBall says: Dec 16, 2012 11:05 PM

    Everyone is expecting Matthews to just fit right into LT’s role…. That aint gonna happen. Not sure what everyone was expecting…. LT is one of the greatest of all time…

  17. xkevlared says: Dec 16, 2012 11:47 PM

    the bob sanders of running backs…..

  18. ambitoos says: Dec 17, 2012 12:27 AM

    There is nothing special about Ryan Mathews. He is averaging 3.8 yards per carry and has only scored one touchdown all year. The down side is he’s out hurt more than he plays and everytime he touches the ball we have to hold our breath and hope he doesn’t fumble. He’s just another one of AJ Smith’s bust choices. I can hardly wait to see who Spanos comes up with for next year because he hasn’t made very good decisions either. Oh well. the Madison High Warhawks are looking great.

  19. surfoside4life says: Dec 17, 2012 1:43 AM

    aj smith and norv did a damn good job of sabotaging this entire team

  20. siaaa says: Dec 17, 2012 12:23 PM

    charger fans will watch him go elsewhere and rush for 2k yards, become a star and never get hurt.

  21. qwest12 says: Dec 17, 2012 3:19 PM

    I am a huge Mathews fan being from Fresno but I think he got down on himself and was not running like he is capable anyway. You have to sort some things Ryan your career is not over yet keep your head up. That being said I think the chargers need to go another direction right now.

  22. raiderapologist says: Dec 17, 2012 8:30 PM

    Smith’s tombstone will read,”I traded up for Ryan Mathews”

  23. ricksaints says: Dec 17, 2012 10:54 PM

    Saints will take him. Give us Meach back also. U guys don’t know how to use him.

  24. 31freezy says: Dec 18, 2012 9:13 PM

    One word:


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