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RB Ryan Mathews - San Diego Chargers

6-0, 218Born: 5-1-1987College: Fresno StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 12

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San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) has no timetable for his return after suffering what is believed to be a Grade 2 sprain (partial tear) of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, according to head coach Mike McCoy. There are speculative reports that Mathews could miss 4-5 weeks. Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead will split time in the backfield going forward while Mathews is out.

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 15): Mathews was carted off the field on Sunday - the initial diagnosis is an MCL sprain with two-to-four weeks as the initial time frame for his return to action but he'll continue to be evaluated.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Mathews will miss 4-5 weeks with a sprained knee. He's worth holding through this injury as the lead back in a great offense when he returns.

General News (Fri Sep 19): is out for this weekend's game.

General News (Thu Sep 18): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Sep 17): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Tue Sep 16): has no timetable for his return after suffering what is believed to be a Grade 2 sprain (partial tear) of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, according to head coach Mike McCoy. Some reports indicate he'll miss 4-5 weeks.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Unfortunately, Ryan Mathews sprained the MCL in one of his knees last week, and is out for 4-5 weeks as a result. Look for Danny Woodhead (8/32/0 rushing with 4/28/0 receiving vs. Seattle last week) and Donald Brown (9/19/0 rushing with 3/10/0 receiving so far this season) to handle the bulk of the work in Mathews' absence. Last year Buffalo ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 128.9 yards rushing allowed per game, with 10 rushing scores given up over 16 games played. This is not a top rush D, folks. Matt Forte gained 17/82/0 rushing (with nine targets for 8/87/0 receiving) during the season premiere, while the Dolphins managed 21/80/0 rushing at Buffalo last week. So far this year the defensive front is much improved over the 2013 version, averaging 83 rushing yards allowed per game, with zero rushing scores allowed over two games. This looks like a tough matchup for Brown and Woodhead, but the passing matchup is great so don't overlook Woodhead as he is a dual threat and can post big games catching the football.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ARI 12 40 1 2 2 20 0 0
2 vs SEA 11 31 0 2 2 26 0 0
3 at BUF PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 0 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs ARI (12 / 40 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Mathews tried to pick up where he left off last season, totaling sixty yards and a score. The counting stats aren't all that impressive but that was due more in part to a lack of use than anything he did wrong. Mathews actually looked very good on the rare occasions his number was called. The Chargers had a tough time establishing the run game. with Mathews fighting for every yard he did end up getting. He got the call on a fourth down run, which he barely converted. Early in the second half, the Chargers looked to be gaining control of the game and Mathews was a big reason why. He scored on a very impressive 20-yard handoff up the left side. He broke through the first level of defenders with relative ease, and once he got to the second level there was only one man to beat. After beating the safety following a weak arm tackle attempt, Mathews simply raced the rest of the way to get into the end zone. He consistently beat his man to the edge and looked very good both running and catching the ball, but it should be noted that RB Danny Woodhead was the back in the game on San Diego's last gasp drive at the end of the fourth quarter.

2014 Week 2 vs SEA (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Mathews was slow and steady (not too much emphasis on 'slow', but some), and made very little progress against a tough D. He did have a short TD run called back, which was the only play of his that really stood out. Mathews made one cut and showed a surprising burst of speed to get outside. In the fourth quarter, just when he seemed to be picking up steam, Mathews fumbled a handoff and injured his knee on same play and did not return. It was actually his second fumble of the day; the first one was knocked out by a defender. The latest is that he will be out for 4-5 weeks.


Latest News

Chargers | Week 3 Inactives (Sun Sep 21, 11:31 AM) - The San Diego Chargers have declared CB Chris Davis, WR Dontrelle Inman, DL Ricardo Mathews, RB Ryan Mathews, DT Ryan Carrethers, CB Steve Williams inactive for Week 3.

Our View: Donald Brown will get a lot more work this week with Mathews out. Keenan Allen is active and should get his full complement of snaps with only four wideouts active.

Chargers | Ryan Mathews ruled out (Fri Sep 19, 03:33 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 19.

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Chargers | Ryan Mathews misses practice (Wed Sep 17, 04:10 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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Chargers | No timetable for Ryan Mathews (Mon Sep 15, 06:06 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) has no timetable for his return after suffering what is believed to be a Grade 2 sprain (partial tear) of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, according to head coach Mike McCoy.

Our View: Mathews has been banged up quite a bit during his pro career. He has an injury history that reads like Infinite Jest, so fantasy owners should have been prepared for this. Mathews is expected to be out at least four weeks. Look for Donald Brown to take over as the team's lead back, and perhaps we'll see more from change-of-pace back Danny Woodhead while Mathews is out.
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Chargers | Ryan Mathews out 4-5 weeks (Mon Sep 15, 01:12 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to a source.

Our View: Fantasy owners who selected Mathews should have been prepared for this. The veteran is a talented runner, but he's one of the most oft-injured player in the league. Mathews could miss four to five weeks, although he's hoping to return before that.
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