Chargers expect Ryan Mathews back this week


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.

11 responses to “Chargers expect Ryan Mathews back this week

  1. I do like what Battle showed but lets not get carried away. He had fresh legs vs. a worn out Titans defense. I do think they will cut Ronnie Brown and Brinkley & Battle will be the backups but Mathews made the Pro Bowl last year and the he is going to be a huge part of the offense for the remaining 14 games. The balance that he will bring to the offense should keep defenses honest and Meechem should start becoming more of a factor.

  2. C’mon..Battle had a good game with some late carries against a defense that had given up..Mathews is,and should be the starter..Explosive player when healthy

  3. baily67 says:
    Sep 17, 2012 5:39 PM
    anybody can run on the Titans so that’s not much of an improvement!

    Except Chris johnson. He probably still wouldn’t get more than 20 yards in a game against his own team.

  4. I think they would be smart to activate him, but keep him on the bench if they don’t find they desperately need him. Give the Jackie Battle experiment some time, and see what happens. With the great way Rivers is playing, and the number of guys catching his passes, just let things keep rolling. The Falcons aren’t a top-ranked defense, at least not by a greater margin than the Raiders or Titans.

  5. Brown didn’t get less carries because he was ineffective.

    Norv decided to split duties to keep both RBs fresher. Brown is the better pass blocker so he got the 3rd down work, and thus Brinkley got more carries.

    Regardless, they both were equally ineffective.

  6. The O-Line is just as bad at run blocking as they were the last few seasons with LT, and then with Sproles.

    The one thing that affords Mathews a chance, is that he’s extremely quick, and has some real strength. He can get to the outside, as opposed to the backups, who just get tripped up before they have a chance.

    After watching how dangerously good Atlanta looked last night, I don’t know what they’re going to do to keep Rivers upright. Maybe they will have to risk sacrificing Mathews for the rest of the season. Either that, or just keep trying to pound it with Battle, and hope for the best on the outside with Christie Brinkley.

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