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Ryan Mathews sprain MCL could keep him out 4-5 weeks


Sep 14, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) suffers a leg injury during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews mishandled the snap and twisted his knee awkwardly as he was trying to pick up the football. He left the field on a cart and after the MRI it was determined that he has a sprain MCL. The injury likely will keep him out for 4-5 weeks per Ian Rapoport.

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With Mathews out, the team will lean on Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead to take the football in the running game. The running game is not the same with Ryan Mathews out. Against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, there is a visible difference when Mathews is unable to run the football.

The reason why the team brought in Donald Brown onto this roster was for situations like this. He has to step in and take control of the running game and help this team move the ball on the ground.

With Mathews out, the team could look at activating Branden Oliver during games. Another option could come from free agency. LaMichael James is a dynamic player that could be productive in the Chargers offense. He would be a sweet option to bring onto the team. I would love for him to be an option on offense and in the special teams.