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Aug 9, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs the ball as Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) persues the play during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

'No Doubt' Ryan Mathews Will Play in Opener: Agree to Disagree

Per a post on, Ryan Mathews has now claimed that he has “no doubt” that he will be ready for the opening game of the regular season against Oakland.  He made this claim during an interview with XtraSports 1560 on Thursday.

Despite the fact that neither myself nor Ryan are doctors, he and I both have opinions on the matter.

I also have no doubt in regards to this injury.  However, I have no doubt that if the team even considers allowing him to play in week one then we are making a huge mistake.

I’ve made it clear that I like the depth we currently have at running back.  Actually, I really like it.  Although some of us have different combos and trios in mind, I think we can all agree that rushing Mathews back would be a big error on the part of Norv and company.

Additionally, I believe that we all would agree that having him for the long haul of a seriously tough schedule is far more important than him playing against Oakland.

Let me be clear that I am not forgetting about the Raiders.  Oakland, with it’s speed on offense and bulk up front on defense, matches up really well with the Chargers.  I am not, by any means, saying that the Raiders are a better team than our Bolts.  I just want it to be known that I am not going to fall in line with some folks and take them for granted.

In conclusion, if by some miracle Mathews is fully healed and ready to go in the opener, I would still hope that we play it safe and let him continue to rehab.  This is going to be an extremely pivotal year in regards to the future of this organization.  That includes most of the coaching staff and many of the players.  I think even Ryan and I could agree on that despite our disagreement on his status for week one.

Thanks a lot for reading.



P.S. San Diego here I come!


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  • ChargerGirl Cindi

    He will not play. It takes six weeks for a broken bone to heal. It would be foolish of him to play in that game. Look for him in week 3 or 4.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i dont see him playing in this game either… that would just be dumb

    • Ernie Padaon

      and by THIS game, i meant the OAK game

    • GMac

      Collarbone breaks take 6-8 weeks to heal. However, he immediately had surgery the following day in which case if it was a clean break then the two bones were realigned which will be speed the healing process

  • Brandon Reisinger

    I have to admit that i admire his ambitions of returning so quickly, but its really not his call. Norv will not play him till he is cleared by the medical staff… Now the medical staffs competency on this matter is a whole different conversation

  • Russell Grant

    Bring him back week 3-4. We have other backs to step in for right now. Losing Matthews because we rushed him back would be foolish could actually screw up the season. Norv doesn’t need people calling for his head because he broke his main running back in week 1. So tell Ryan to rest, recoup, take his time getting on the freeway when he’s leaving the strip clubs *er* visiting friends by Sports Arena.

  • 619chargers4life

    nope sure wont. if bones take six weeks to heal by it itself, never gonna happen.

  • Pete Spinning

    I totally agree BoogaP. A pivotal year for the team is right! I say let him heal. Getting re-injured can’t be good for the team, the players, the fans… and most importantly… for his collarbone, his career, or his rep. There will be plenty of time for #24 to tote the rock, and be the Charger he is capable of being! Let’s do this Running Backs… Bolt it up, yo!

  • Ernie Padaon

    i am not a doctor, but i stayed at a holiday inn express last night

  • Mike

    Totally agree that he should sit out the first weekend, then every weekend up to October have dress to play but only if needed. Mathews doesn’t have anymore to prove, his concern should be being healthy enough to help his team to a Superbowl!!