It’s now official, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews will not play in his team’s season opener against the Oakland Raiders. Mathews is recovering from a broken clavicle and although he returned to the practice filed this week, he has not been cleared for contact. This is an obvious disappointment for Mathews as well as his fantasy owners that we expecting big things this season from him.
Speaking to the Union Tribune in San Diego, Mathews told reporters, “I haven’t been cleared for contact, and I think we’re just going to wait this week, I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. … I just have to have the mindset right. I probably won’t be playing in this game. But the next game, that’s what I’m looking for now. I don’t know about the team, but me personally, now I’m looking for that game against Tennessee.” San Diego takes on the Titans in Week Two.
The offseason expectations surrounding Mathews this offseason were sky high. But, as in the past during Mathew’s young career, expectations have to be tempered as injury issues get in the way of his potential.
In the meantime, Mathews will likely be replaced in the lineup with veteran Ronnie Brown receiving the bulk of the carries in the Charger’s backfield. Even once Mathews does actually return to the lineup, fantasy owners should temper expectations for a few weeks until he returns back to full speed.