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NFL Rumors: Will Ryan Mathews play against the Denver Broncos?

Ryan Mathews San Diego Chargers

Jake Roth-US Presswire

Ryan Mathews was a first round pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 2010 NFL Draft after they completed a trade with the Miami Dolphins.

In 2008, Mathews missed five games in college due to a knee injury.  In Mathews’ rookie season, he missed four games because of injuries and missed two games last season because of injuries.

Mathews broke his clavicle in San Diego’s first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on August 9, 2012 and missed San Diego’s first two regular season games.

Mathews did not practice today and according to Dylan DeSimone of sbnation.com, “Mathews is not believed to be injured, but given his medical history, it’s something to keep an eye on.”

San Diego will play the Denver Broncos on Sunday in Denver and the Chargers need a balanced attack on offense against them.

Denver allows 3.6 yards per rushing attempt which ranks second in the NFL while they give up 6.5 yards per pass attempt which ranks sixth in the league.

Mathews averaged 4.9 yards per rushing attempt on 15.9 rushing attempts per game last season while he is at 4.2 yards per attempt and 16 attempts per game this season.

Mathews’ 4.9 yards per attempt ranked 12th in the NFL while his 4.2 yards per attempt rank 24th in 2012.

Mathews’ 78 rushing yards per game ranked 12th in the NFL last season while his 68 yards per game rank 17th this season.

This game against the 6-3 AFC West leading Broncos will be a battle for San Diego who will enter with a 4-5 record.  San Diego needs Mathews to have a big game if they are going to win on Sunday.