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Ryan Mathews | Running Back

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Fresno State
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Chargers declared RB Ryan Mathews, WR Dontrelle Inman, CB Steve Williams, CB Chris Davis, NT Ricardo Mathews and NT Ryan Carrethers inactive for Week 3 against the Bills.
Mathews is dealing with a sprained MCL that should keep him out for at least a month. Davis is dealing with an ankle injury. The rest are healthy scratches. Sep 21 - 11:40 AM

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According to the NFL Network, Ryan Mathews' sprained MCL could keep him out 4-5 weeks.

The timetable was established following a Monday MRI. We wouldn't rule out the ultra-tough (yet fragile) Mathews getting back sooner, but Donald Brown needs to be added in all formats. He's going to pick up the majority of early-down work in this run-first scheme, with Danny Woodhead mostly staying in a passing-back role. Mathews, who had 23 carries for 72 yards and one touchdown through two games, should be able to make a full recovery without surgery.
Sep 15 - 12:13 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego confirms the "initial prognosis" for Ryan Mathews' right knee injury is a sprained MCL.

It remains "unclear how much time" Mathews will miss. Mathews is expected to be "further evaluated," but a sprained MCL would be good news at this point, as opposed to an ACL tear. Mathews could be back within a month. The Chargers' bye isn't until Week 10, so Mathews won't have that date to work around. Look for Donald Brown to take over as San Diego's primary back while Danny Woodhead continues to handle most passing-down and change-of-pace work.
Sep 14 - 9:20 PM

Ryan Mathews is headed for an MRI on his right knee.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the "concern" is that it's a sprained MCL for Mathews. That would actually be a reasonably good diagnosis, as MCL sprains rarely require surgery and can heal within a month in some cases. Regardless, Donald Brown is a must add as the Chargers' new inside runner. We'll have a better idea of Mathews' timeline after the MRI.
Sep 14 - 7:34 PM

Ryan Mathews was carted off the field in San Diego's Week 2 game against the Seahawks with an apparent right knee/leg injury.

Mathews got rolled up falling on a fumble. He had a botched handoff with Philip Rivers. The Chargers made a quick call for the cart, suggesting a serious injury. The Bolts are now left with Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown at running back. We'd expect Brown to get the most run between the tackles. Mathews had 11 carries for just 31 yards before going down, but added two receptions for 26 yards.
Sep 14 - 6:33 PM

Ryan Mathews rushed for 40 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries in Monday night's Week 1 loss to the Cardinals.

He caught both of his pass-game targets for 20 yards. Mathews handled all of the early-down work, while Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown mixed in. On his 20-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, Mathews lined up as the fullback in front of Brown. He made a nice cut back left and walked into the end zone pretty much untouched. Mathews could flirt with RB1 numbers this season as the goal-line back in a run-heavy offense. He'll be more of a back-end RB2 for Week 2 against the Seahawks in the Chargers' home opener.
Sep 9 - 1:43 AM

Ryan Mathews rushed for 22 yards on four carries in Sunday's third preseason game against the 49ers.

He added two catches for another 26 yards. The catches are a good sign for Mathews, but we're not expecting him to catch more than 20-30 balls this season with Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown in the fold. Through three preseason games, Mathews has totaled 41 yards on nine carries. As the favorite for goal-line work, Mathews could flirt with RB1 numbers this season.
Aug 24 - 6:00 PM

Ryan Mathews is inactive for Friday night's preseason game.

Mathews is sitting out for rest purposes. Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown will work with the first team in his absence.
Aug 15 - 9:12 PM

Coach Mike McCoy said after Thursday's preseason opener that he's going to keep feeding Ryan Mathews the ball following his fumble at the goal line.

Norv Turner would have benched Mathews. Not McCoy. "He's our bellcow," said the Chargers' second-year head coach. The fumble raised eyebrows and reminded us of his past ball-security issues -- Mathews fumbled 12 times in his first three seasons -- but he remains locked in as San Diego's early-down back. He should offer solid RB2 production, especially in non-PPR leagues.
Aug 8 - 8:53 AM

Ryan Mathews rushed five times for 19 yards in the Chargers' preseason opener Thursday night against the Cowboys.

Mathews experienced a brutal lowlight, however, losing a fumble on a goal-line leap toward the end of the first quarter to kill a sure touchdown drive. Mathews became a new man last year under coach Mike McCoy, but the fumble was a reminder of his past ball-security woes. We're confident Mathews' goal-line role remains secure -- he lost just one fumble among 285 carries in 2013 -- but no coach likes to see that. In terms of usage, Mathews was San Diego's clear-cut first-team early-down back, with Danny Woodhead on passing downs. Donald Brown worked with the twos.
Aug 7 - 10:50 PM

Ryan Mathews is referring to the Chargers' backfield as "the three-headed monster."

"There is no such thing as a featured back any more," chimed in Bolts RBs coach Ollie Wilson. Since the end of last season, the Chargers have signed Donald Brown, extended Danny Woodhead's contract, and drafted Marion Grice. The plan is to play run-first football with enough running back depth to withstand a 16-game NFL grind. Mathews will remain the lead back, but his passing-game involvement will be limited. His early-fourth-round ADP is a bit aggressive, although we like him as a value pick in the fifth.
Aug 4 - 10:51 AM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams believes walk-year RB Ryan Mathews could be headed into his final season in San Diego.

This is quite possible, but Williams' reasoning is based on the fact that the Chargers now have Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown locked up long term. While both are useful players, neither has the early-down talent Mathews' possesses. If Mathews can stay healthy for the second-consecutive year, there's a good chance he'll be back with the Bolts in 2015. Mathews turns 27 in October.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 10:00 PM

According to the Union-Tribune San Diego, Ryan Mathews weighed 227 pounds at Chargers minicamp, down nine pounds from that time last year.

We now have conflicting reports on his weight, as a June 17 U-T San Diego story stated Mathews "weighs 222 pounds, up seven from last August." We typically prefer running backs to play at lighter weights, where they can be more fluid and explosive. Mathews is currently training in Los Angeles to prepare for camp.
Jul 17 - 11:01 AM

Chargers OC Frank Reich said Ryan Mathews will remain the main back in San Diego.

"Ryan is the pounder," Reich said. "He’s going to be the primary workhorse. He’s our guy." The signing of Donald Brown seemed to signal a decrease in role for Mathews, but Reich called Brown a "big-play guy" and spoke about him as more of a change-of-pace back. If he can stay healthy, Mathews could once again be a 250-plus carry back.
Jul 7 - 12:39 PM

ESPN's Eric D. Williams said the Chargers will continue to "lean on" the running game this season.

San Diego had the NFL's sixth most rushing attempts last season, averaging 33.6 rushes a game over the second half of the season. That emphasis allowed Ryan Mathews to post career highs in both rushing attempts (285) and yards (1255). The arrival of Donald Brown and the likelihood of injury should prevent Mathews from reaching those heights again, but the run-first nature of San Diego's offense will ensure Mathews is a solid RB2 when healthy.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 3 - 10:52 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Donald Brown
3Branden Oliver
4Shaun Draughn
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Donald Brown
3RB1Donald Brown
2Branden Oliver
FB1David Johnson
WR11Keenan Allen
2Seyi Ajirotutu
3Dontrelle Inman
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Eddie Royal
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
K1Nick Novak