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

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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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