Ryan Mathews Injury: Chargers RB Reportedly Won't Play vs Titans

Jessica Marie@ItsMsJisnerCorrespondent IISeptember 16, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 18:  Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at Qualcomm Stadium on December 18, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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UPDATE: Sunday, September 16 at 12:33 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms his earlier report that Chargers running back Ryan Mathews would not return in Week 2:

 

Updated: Chargers RB Ryan Mathews will not play today vs. Titans.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2012

 

---End of Update---


The San Diego Chargers may have escaped unscathed from Monday Night Football with a win over the Oakland Raiders, but after the hits their offense took in the season opener, they may not be so fortunate in Week 2.

Especially if they're still without Ryan Mathews.

According to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the running back will be out yet again against Tennessee on Sunday:

 

Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is unlikely to play today vs. the Titans.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2012

 

Mathews hasn't played since breaking his collarbone in San Diego's preseason opener against Green Bay on August 9. According to Schefter via ESPN.com, he was limited in practice this week despite being cleared for contact.


What It Means

Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense is most likely going to have to keep finding a way to win without the running back, who accumulated 1,091 yards with six touchdowns in 2011.

That isn't good news for this unit, which could really use a spark after gaining only 258 total yards against the Raiders in the season opener on Monday. On the ground, the Chargers gained an abysmal 32 yards, as Curtis Brinkley led the attack with 10 carries for a mere 12 yards.


What Comes Next

Suffice to say, this offense is only going to get by for so long without a balanced attack. Right now, it has no running game—and with Antonio Gates fighting a rib injury and Vincent Jackson gone, it barely has a passing game, either.

The Chargers offense is in a state of transition, and it could really use Mathews. Then again, there isn't any reason to panic yet: The Chargers are 1-0 and are facing a mediocre Titans team on Sunday, so it's better for the team to hold off on bringing Mathews back until he's fully healthy and can endure the rest of the season.