Update: Thursday, August 16 at 11:25 p.m. ET by Sam Quinn
Things may not be looking so gloomy for Mathews and the Chargers despite Mathews' broken clavicle.
According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, Mathews believes he will make a timely return to the football field:
Last Thursday, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews fractured a clavicle on his first carry of the preseason. A week later, he told XTRA Sports 1560 that he has “no doubt” he’ll be ready to go in Week One, when the Chargers face the Raiders on Monday Night Football.
That is nothing but good news for Chargers fans and fantasy owners, as Mathews was originally expected to miss anywhere from four to six weeks. A return for the regular-season opener would put him right on the cusp of five weeks of recovery time.
Not everybody in the Chargers organization is as optimistic as Mathews, however. According to UT San Diego, Norv Turner responded to Mathews' comments by saying, "The last time I checked, Ryan is not a doctor."
Nothing is for sure, so stay tuned to Bleacher Report for the latest information.
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Ryan Mathews suffered broken clavicle. Out 4 to 6 weeks.— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) August 10, 2012
Mathews left the game against the Green Bay Packers after carrying the ball just once for five yards on the third play of the game.
This is unfortunate, as Mathews has the requisite skills to become a top-tier running back in the league, but his body has not cooperated thus far in the pros.
San Diego's first-round pick in 2010, the Fresno State product has missed time in each of his two campaigns. Matthews played in only 12 games as a rookie and missed two this past season.
Lady luck just isn't on his side, as Mathews' recent car accident will further attest to (though he did sustain only minor injuries).
This is a big blow to the Chargers backfield, as Mathews rushed for nearly 1,100 yards last season despite the two missed games and sharing the workload with Mike Tolbert, now of the Carolina Panthers.
Curtis Brinkley looked good in Matthews' absence versus Green Bay. And Ronnie Brown, Le'Ron McClain, Jacob Hester and Jackie Battle will surely get some looks in the team's remaining three preseason games as Norv Turner tries to find a stopgap tailback until Mathews returns.
As always, stay tuned to Bleacher Report for the latest updates regarding this injury and all the latest NFL news.