Aug 9, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Takeo Spikes (51) looks across the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Morning Dump

The prognosis from the San Diego Chargers was that it would take running back Ryan Mathews four to six weeks to return from his broken clavicle suffered in last week’s preseason opener.

RB Curtis Brinkley was on the bubble before RB Ryan Mathews broke his clavicle in the preseason opener against the Packers. Now, after three years of perseverance, Brinkley may be a starter come opening day.

With the expectations Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (broken clavicle) will miss the next four-to-six weeks, coach Norv Turner continued to search for answers on how he will handle the running game at the start of the season. But Mathews claimed he may be ready to play by the opener.

The Chargers last season had the NFL’s worst third-down defense since 1995. They suffered injuries to key player after key player, including the demoralizing loss of left guard Kris Dielman in late October. But, ultimately, a too-soon ending to the season was on Rivers.

Vincent Brown put on a dazzling performance Thursday night vs. the Green Bay Packers, seamlessly translating what has been a strong training camp for the second year man out of San Diego State into game action. If his play thus far is any indication, Chargers fans will be in for a real treat when they kick off the season September 10th at Oakland.

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  • Ignatius

    This team will go as far as Rivers will carry them, notwithstanding Norval’s late game decisions, an injury-prone running back, a “rookie” defensive coordinator, a so-so offensive line, a suspect defense and an aging secondary. Come to think of it, if they break even at season’s end, Rivers should get ProBowl honors.

    • Pels04

      1) Steve Fairchild will help relieve some of Norvs duties as HC and in game management. 2) Ryan my be injury prone but this last injury was a freak injury and couldve happened to any rb. 3) Pagano may be a rookie DC but he has been with the team for 11 yrs. He knows this team/defense as good as anyone. Players respect him like they did with Rivera. 4) i would say so-so at the tackle positions, if/when Gaither comes back LT should be ok. Other than that is a solid o-line. 5) other than Jammer who is old in the secondary? Bigby? hes just there to fill in while the young guys learn. Weddle is 27 and Cason is 26 all the others are 23 or younger. 6) Rivers has a great chance to make the pro-bowl, been there 4 times already. I personally think he will this year. Aren’t you a chargers fan? You dont sound like one….why so pessimistic?

      • 619chargers4life

        Go Chargers lol

      • Ignatius

        While you have valid points, a few of them are a bit overly optimistic. I’m sorry but I don’t see this team built for a long and deep run in the playoff if they get there. Our running offense will be by comittee, that alone is a ballast to the offense who must now run entirely on Rivers arm and a healthy wide receiver corps. What may tip the balance is the play and presence of this years rookie class. I count English out because, like Ryan, he’s injury-prone.

        • Pels04

          I’m just optimistic. As fans should be. I think you’re underestimating the RB’s we have on our squad. For the entire season i might be worried but for the first couple weeks im not.

          • Ignatius

            So, I believe the Chargers will break even, what do you think, really?

          • Pels04

            Im not worried about the Chargers putting up points. I think our defense is the difference and will force more turnovers. I have the chargers at 10 wins