San Diego Chargers starting running back Ryan Mathews was in a minor car accident yesterday when he bumped into another vehicle while making a right turn. Mathews did not suffer any major injuries, so things could have been worse for the 2011 Pro Bowl RB. Mathews was at practice yesterday and is listed as day to day.
San Diego chose Mathews with the 12th pick in round one of the 2010 NFL Draft. Mathews missed four games as a rookie in 2010 when he had 158 rushing attempts for 678 yards and seven touchdowns. Mathews missed two games last season, but finished with 222 attempts for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns to go along with 50 receptions for 455 yards.
The best overall game for Mathews in the NFL was against the Denver Broncos in 2010 when he had 26 attempts for 120 yards and three touchdowns. Mathews’ best game in terms of yards per rush attempt came against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011 when he had 13 attempts for 112 yards to go along with a rushing TD.
Mathews was 12th in the NFL with 77.9 rushing yards per game in 2011, he was 10th in total rushing yards and no one in the top 10 had more yards per attempt. Mathews increased his yards per game from 56.5 in 2010 to 77.9 in 2011 while he increased his yards per rush attempt from 4.3 in 2010 to 4.9 in 2011. The division rival Oakland Raiders know all about injuries to an RB as Darren McFadden missed at least three games every season from 2008-2011. The Chargers have a valuable weapon in Mathews and hopefully he stays healthy in 2012. Mathews appears to be on the right track as he missed two fewer games in 2011 than he missed in 2010. San Diego could have lost a valuable player who is needed for the team to succeed in 2012, but more important than football, Mathews can continue to have a healthy life.