Chargers RB Ryan Mathews mentioned that he feels like he is back to previous form, not that he has recovered from a broken clavicle that he suffered over a month ago.
“I feel right where I left off,” said Mathews, via the Union-Tribune San Diego. “Just still getting the plays and just getting the speed down still, but it’s slowed down. It’s really like I never left.”
Chargers head coach Norv Turner seemed to suggest that Mathews is ready to get back to handling the majority of carries this weekend, which is really something that they could use against the Falcons, considering how bad their running game has been in the first two weeks of the season.
“He took enough reps that I think we tested his conditioning today,” Turner said. “We’re making the progress I hoped to see us make … I think Mathews feels very confident.”
It’s hard to say definitively just how much Mathews will get, but all signs have been positive throughout the week and others have mentioned that Mathews would have been able to play last weekend if needed. They ultimately chose to holdout him out for another week, which was probably the right move.
“I feel great, I feel healthy, and I feel strong,” Mathews said, via Gehlken. “I think (the coaches) know what I can do. I know they know I’m ready. It’s a long season, and they’re going to be real smart with me. Really, it’s just taking it day by day and seeing whether I go Saturday when they make that final decision.”
Head coach Norv Turner expects Mathews to play this weekend. Mathews is expected to fully participate in practice Thursday, when the Chargers practice in full pads. If everything goes well expect him to be on the field Sunday as the Chargers take on the Falcons.