“I feel like I’m a caged lion,” Mathews said. “I can’t wait to get back out there, but you have to be patient and give it the time it needs to heal right. It’s a broken bone, so I have to wait.”
The Chargers have slowly eased Mathews back into their offense. He participated in individual drills last week, and his activity was ramped up yet again after a weekly X-ray confirmed that his bone is healing properly. Whether Mathews is allowed to play this Sunday or next, the risk of re-injury is always present for the often injured RB.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Tribune mentioned that Ryan Mathews‘ chances of playing in Week 2 are looking very slim. Mathews broke his collarbone during the preseason and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Coach Norv Turner said that Mathews could be cleared for contact anytime from Wednesday, to next week. A return this Sunday looks very unlikely, as Mathews’ situation seems to be rather unstable.
Ronnie Brown and Curtis Brinkley are expected to fill in for Mathews if he doesn’t play.