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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chargers Injury Update: Ryan Mathews still isn't running

By on 10/09/2014 11:30:00 AM

The San Diego Chargers have had their running back depth depleted hit by injuries through their first five games, with Ryan Mathews missing the last three games, Danny Woodhead (leg) out for the season and Donald Brown suffering a concussion last Sunday. That leaves undrafted rookie Branden Oliver as the next man up after a productive game in Week 5, and he may maintain a workhorse role for the next few games. 

Mathews suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee in Week 2, and he was originally expected to miss 4-5 weeks. He is currently on the early side of that timetable, and a report he has yet to begin running makes it likely Mathews will miss another game or two barring some unexpected progress.

A Week 8 matchup with the Denver Broncos may be the target date for Mathews' return. Given his injury history, it makes senses for the Chargers to make sure their No. 1 running back is at full strength for what looks to be a pivotal game for both teams.

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