Ryan Mathews Not Practicing on Wednesday

By Ernie Padaon

Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a short gain during the first half against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was not on the practice field on Wednesday. Mathews was likely getting a rest today after taking on the huge load last weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mathews finished that game with a career high 144 yards on the ground.

Mathews has a busted ankle and the team is likely trying to get him some rest.  He played the game against the Chiefs with the busted ankle and still finished with a career high in rushing yards. Any extra time that he can spend off of his ankle will be helpful.

Mathews is expected to play against Cincinnati and will likely be a big factor in the game. He will get a lot of touches and will be looking to deal punishment to the Bengals defenders.

Also not practicing, wide receiver Eddie Royal. Royal has not been practicing for a while, but he has been able to participate in game still with a bad toe. Kendall Reyes did get on the practice field for the Chargers on Wednesday.