San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews broke his clavicle in the team’s first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on August 9, 2012. Mathews was expected to miss 4-6 weeks at the time of his injury.
Stephania Bell is a medical analyst for ESPN, and she expected Mathews to miss five or six weeks. Mathews was recently allowed to work out on his upper body and plans on being ready to play in the regular season opener against the Oakland Raiders on September 10, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. PDT on Monday Night Football.
Mathews finished the 2011 NFL season with 222 rushing attempts, 1,091 yards and six rushing touchdowns in 14 games. Mathews finished the season ranked 10th in rushing yards and 12th in rushing yards per game while no one in the top 10 in rushing yards averaged more yards per rush attempt than him.
Mathews missed four games as a rookie in 2010 and two games last season, so I am sure that his teammates, the front office and fans were holding their breaths when he went down in the first preseason game.
Mathews said that he is aiming for a return to the field for week one of the regular season. If Mathews does not return to the field against Oakland, he should be ready to play in San Diego’s home opener against the Tennessee Titans in week two.
San Diego had the 28th pick in round one of the 2010 NFL Draft. They traded this pick along with a second round pick, a fourth round pick and linebacker Tim Dobbins to move up and select Mathews with the 12th pick that year. Hopefully Mathews will be ready for the regular season opener and avoids injuries that make him miss games.