CHARGERS: Mathews poised, "ready to go" 12 hours ago • By SCOTT BAIR email@example.com
SAN DIEGO ---- The Chargers should have their starting running back on the field Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Ryan Mathews has been sidelined with a broken clavicle but participated in Thursday's contact-heavy drill and emerged with no complications or setbacks.
He even ran through a gauntlet, which puts heavy hits on the upper body. Everything went fine.
"He took enough reps that I think we tested his conditioning today," Chargers coach Norv Turner said. "We're making the progress I hoped to see us make. We're in pads. If you're out there, you're going to get banged around. If you're running with the ball, you're going to get bounced around a little. It's not at a game level, but I think Mathews feels very confident."
Mathews kept himself in shape while recovering from surgery. The final hurdle will be trusting that the broken bone has healed.
"It'll be more of a mental thing if I get to play," Mathews said."I'm great physical shape. It's about having confidence that the bone has healed right and that it's not going to break again."
Improving Mathews' fumbling a matter of urgency Written by Nick Canepa 4:46 p.m., Sept. 24, 2012
These may be the same people who foresee peace in our time, but they say it can be done. Maybe you can’t teach speed and instincts, but you can teach a running back how not to fumble.
That may be somewhat true. There are case studies to prove it. But teaching a running back with fumblitis how not to put the ball on the ground in practice is one thing. Getting him not to do it in games is another matter.
Chargers tailback Ryan Mathews fumbles. He’s fast, strong, agile and dangerous, but every once in a while -- too often in crucial spots -- he leaves the football behind. As he did Sunday against Atlanta as the Chargers appeared primed to go in for a score that probably would have given them a 7-6 lead in the second quarter.
Mathews got the ball at the Falcons’ seven, darted to the three and suddenly there was a commotion. Ball loose. Atlanta recovered. The Falcons then drove 96 yards for a touchdown, basically ending the proceedings.
Chargers coach Norv Turner, whose neck is in a tight enough noose without this folderol, believes Mathews can be cured of his buttery grip. In the meantime, as he said in his Monday dealings with the media, there will be spots where Mathews won’t be playing.
“There are certain situations where we will limit his exposure,” Norv said, and when pressed, added: “I’m not going to give our game plan out.”
Ryan Mathews has been rotating between the first- and second-team offenses so far at Chargers camp, and new coach Mike McCoy says the club will likely employ a running back rotation in 2013. Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Ronnie Brown have all seen time with the first team. The situation has serious fantasy headache potential behind one of the NFL's poorest offensive lines. "I’ve been raised with John Fox in this league," said McCoy. "We always played with a couple of backs. It doesn’t matter who’s in there. Keep them fresh. Play the hot hand while you roll." Jul 28 - 1:30 PM Source: FOX Sports