Ryan Matthews ready to return to action

Ryan MatthewsRunning back Ryan Mathews carried a full workload at practice for the Chargers on Wednesday, one more step in his path back from a broken clavicle suffered in the first preseason game. Barring any setback in the next couple of days, it looks like Mathews, who has progressively done more work in practice each week, will be on the field when the Chargers face the Falcons in a matchup of 2-0 teams.

“I feel great, I feel healthy, and I feel strong,” Mathews said, via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I think (the coaches) know what I can do. I know they know I’m ready. It’s a long season, and they’re going to be real smart with me. Really, it’s just taking it day by day and seeing whether I go Saturday when they make that final decision.” Read more…

Ryan Matthews expected to play Sunday

Ryan MatthewsSan Diego Chargers’ running back, Ryan Matthews, is expected to play this Sunday against the Titans.

We’re still not sure whether or not this Sunday’s Chargers-Titans game will be televised locally, but there’s an increased chance that running back Ryan Mathews will be in the lineup for San Diego either way.

The Chargers announced that Mathews is wearing full pads in practice on Thursday for the first time since breaking his clavicle on Aug. 9 in a preseason game. That makes five weeks, smack in the middle of the four-to-six week recovery time period quoted at the time of the injury.

The team will give a fuller update on Mathews’ status after practice, so it remains to be seen if this is the team starting the process of getting him ready for Week Three or not. Getting to the point that Mathews is wearing pads during practice is a significant step toward the goal of getting back on the playing field and it suggests that Mathews will have a chance to play this week. Read more…

San Diego Chargers: 2012 NFL preview

After a disappointing 2011 season where the San Diego Chargers finished 8-8 despite being loaded with talent and experience, the team is anxious for the 2012 season to begin. The AFC West will likely be a very competitive division as the Raiders continue to gel and the Broncos await the chance to experience life with Peyton Manning at the helm, so the Chargers are wise to get their affairs in order.

The Chargers were able to add a small fleet of big bodies in April’s NFL Draft, led by outside linebacker Melvin Ingram. Coach Norv Turner will return for his sixth season at the helm, and the vast legion of Bolts fans in Southern California and elsewhere are expecting at least 10 wins.

Veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers and perennial Pro-Bowler Antonio Gates will power an offense that has been able to put points on the board consistently since the former arrived in San Diego in 2004. It is true that Gates has been slowed by injury in the past few years, but he recently said that he is back to full form. His route running skills and incredible knack for finding the holes in any defensive formation have made him the favorite target of Rivers in past years, and the upcoming one should be no different.

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