Ryan Mathews Will Likely Be Held Out Through San Diego’s Week 10 Bye

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 | 0

Ryan Mathews

Following a 2013 season that was far and away the finest of his NFL career, San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Matthews has been on the sidelines since he sprained his MCL in the Chargers’ Week 2 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Mathews was given an injury timetable of 4-6 weeks, but he couldn’t return for his team’s Week 8 loss to Denver after being unable to run. His recovery has taken longer than expected, and today (Wed., October 29, 2014) news arrived that it may take even longer.

A report from Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune San Diego clarified that Matthews did not practice today and will most likely be rested through the team’s Week 10 bye:

It could be the best course of action for the suddenly skidding Chargers, who have lost two straight division games after starting out red-hot at 5-1. Third-string running back Branden Oliver has filled in admirably for both Mathews and backup Donald Brown, who is dealing with the league’s concussion protocol.

But after tallying an insane amount of all-purpose yards in his first two games against the Jets and Raiders, Oliver has trailed off in recent weeks, recording only 151 total yards in the team’s two recent losses.

Brown has apparently been cleared and returned to action today, but it’s unknown how much of a role he will have as Oliver’s backup in the team’s Week 9 trip to San Diego.

With losses mounting, the Chargers could desperately use the change of pace that the power-running Mathews brings to the table, yet it’s also in their best interest to make sure he returns to full health. He’s been notoriously injury prone throughout his entire career, and despite a reputation as one of the toughest running backs in the league, he just can’t seem to stay healthy.

Fortunately for the Chargers, quarterback Philip Rivers has been playing arguably the best football of his 11-year career in 2014. The Chargers were thought to be a run-first team this year, but injuries to Mathews, Brown, and Danny Woodhead necessitated a shift to more of an aerial attack.

But with the passing game taking a bit of a step back in Weeks 7 and 8, will the Chargers come out of their bye week with a renewed focus on the run?

The answer to that question will most likely rest on the status of Mathews’ slow-to-heal knee.

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