The San Diego Chargers got some unfortunate news regarding RB Ryan Mathews last night after he suffered a broken clavicle on his first carry of the preseason.
Chargers head coach Norv Turner confirmed today that Ronnie Brown will takeover as their as the first-string running back while Mathews is out.
The good news for San Diego is that Mathews is only expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which gives him a good shot at being back for the start of the season. The bad news, however, is that Brown has been terrible in recent years and the fact that he’s had multiple knee injuries and is currently 30 years old, makes you wonder whether or not he’s going to be an effective option for them.
Hopefully Mathews will be back in time to prevent their offense from being negatively impacted, should Brown struggle.
Mathews wound up leaving the game after one carry, so this is easily one of the worst ways to start the season, if you’re San Diego.
Norv Turner mentioned that he’s still confident that Mathews will be able to come back be their featured running back this season, but he’s had durability concerns in the past. Ronnie Brown is in line for a larger workload, but Curtis Brinkley could see some additional work, should he miss a few regular season games.