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24 Ryan Mathews RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/220 | Birthdate: 10/10/1987 | Birthplace: Riverside, CA, USA | Team: San Diego | College: Fresno State | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 85/11 | Average Draft Position: 47.75
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Chargers announce Week 7 inactives vs. Chiefs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Chargers have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 7 matchup with the Chiefs: cornerback Jason Verrett (shoulder), running backs Ryan Mathews (knee) and Donald Brown (concussion), linebackers Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and Manti Te'o (foot), wide receiver Dontrelle Inman and defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews.

The two running backs and Te'o were ruled out on the team's final injury report, while Attaochu was doubtful to play. Verrett is inactive after being questionable on the final injury report, but cornerback Brandon Flowers (groin) and linebackers Dwight Freeney (knee) and Cordarro Law (ankle) are all active after also being questionable.

Five Chargers are active after drawing a probable tag, including wide receiver Eddie Royal (elbow), linebacker Reggie Walker (ankle), cornerback Shareece Wright (knee) and offensive linemen D.J. Fluker (ankle) and Rich Ohrnberger (back).


Chargers RB Ryan Mathews sees stop sign again for Week 7


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) As expected, Chargers featured back Ryan Mathews is again inactive Sunday for their game against Kansas City. He has been out since Week 3 with a knee injury.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews not yet cleared to run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (knee) has yet to be cleared to resume running, U-T San Diego reports.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time," Mathews said Wednesday. "When they think it's time for me to start running, then it's time to start running. It's all in their hands."

Mathews has been out for slightly longer than a month with an MCL sprain. The team has no reason to rush him back with Branden Oliver emerging as a threat at the running back position.


Chargers reveal Week 6 inactives


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) The following players have been ruled inactive for the Chargers Week 6 against the Raiders: Steve Williams, Ryan Mathews, Shareece Wright, Donald Brown, Manti Te'o, Reggie Walker, and Cordarro Law.

Chargers list 16 players on Week 6 injury report


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) The Chargers listed 16 players on their final injury report leading up to Week 6 at Oakland. Running backs Donald Brown (concussion) and Ryan Mathews (knee), along with linebacker Manti Te'o (foot) and cornerback Shareece Wright (knee) were ruled out for Sunday.

Deemed questionable were the following players: wide receiver Malcom Floyd (calf), tackle D.J. Fluker (ankle), outside linebackers Jarret Johnson (back, ankle) and Cordarro Law (ankle), offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger (back), safety Darrell Stuckey (quad) and linebacker Reggie Walker (ankle).

Wide receiver Keenan Allen (quad), outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and Dwight Freeney (knee), inside linebacker Donald Butler (shoulder) and tight end David Johnson (knee, shoulder) were the only players ruled probable for the game.


Chargers officially rule Donald Brown, Ryan Mathews out for Week 6


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) As expected, the Chargers officially ruled running backs Donald Brown and Ryan Mathews out for Week 6 at Oakland, the team announced. Brown suffered a concussion in Week 5 and has yet to pass the league's concussion protocol. Mathews is working his way back from a knee injury that has kept him sidelined since Week 2. He could be a few weeks away from returning to action.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews not up-and-running yet


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Chargers featured back Ryan Mathews, who has been sidelined since Week 3 with a knee injury, has yet to begin running, per the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Mathews is making progress, but is likely to miss at least two more games before returning to game action.


Remain patient with Ryan Mathews


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Fantasy owners waiting for Ryan Mathews to return from his knee injury will need to be a bit more patient, as U-T San Diego reports he is likely to miss at least one and possibly two more games, including Week 6 against the Raiders.

The emergence of Branden Oliver might lessen the pain of Mathews' absence, but this team badly needs Mathews back. Donald Brown has flopped in his turn as the primary option, so there is little reason to think Mathews won't get the job back when he returns. Though Oliver looked good in Week 5, he has a limited track record of success and should not be much of a road block to Mathews getting his job back.

The Chargers like to use multiple running backs in their offense, and Oliver could fit into the Danny Woodhead role. Even playing alongside Woodhead, Mathews still managed 90 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns a year ago, so don't worry about his role. Just get healthy, Ryan. 


Chargers list inactives for Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Chargers have made LB Jeremiah Attaochu , RB Ryan Mathews, LB Manti Te'o , LB Reggie Walker, CB Shareece Wright, WR Dontrelle Inman and OL Rich Ohrnberger inactive Week 5 against the Jets.

Inman is the only healthy scratch of the bunch. The other six players on the injury report had previously been ruled out prior to Sunday. 


Chargers release final Week 5 injury report


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) The Chargers listed three players as questionable to play in Week 5 on Friday's final injury report, including linebacker Dwight Freeney (knee), defensive tackle Corey Liuget (concussion) and tight end David Johnson (shoudler).

Freeney didn't practice Thursday but was able to work in limited fashion on Wednesday and Friday. Johnson and Liuget returned to a full practice Friday.

The Chargers listed five players as probable to face the Jets in Week 5, including tight end Ladarius Green (hamstring), cornerback Jason Verrett (hamstring) and linebackers Donald Butler (shoulder), Jarret Johnson (shoulder) and Cordarro Law (ankle).

The following players have been ruled out for Week 5 action: running back Ryan Mathews (knee), offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger (back), cornerback Shareece Wright (knee) and linebackers Manti Te'o (foot), Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and Reggie Walker (ankle).


Chargers Week 4 inactives


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Chargers have made Jason Verrett, Ryan Mathews, Manti Te'o , Reggie Walker, Rich Ohrnberger, David Johnson and Jeremiah Attaochu inactive for Week 4 against the Jaguars.

Mathews, Te'o and Walker had already been ruled out prior to the final injury report. Ohrnberger was listed as doubtful coming into the contest. 


Ryan Mathews officially out for Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) As expected, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was officially ruled out for Week 4 against Jacksonville. Mathews suffered an MCL sprain in Week 2 which is expected to keep him sidelined for at least 3-4 more weeks. 

Chargers unveil Week 3 inactives


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Chargers listed six players on their inactives for Week 3 against the Bills, after moving Melvin Ingram to injured reserve.

Wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, defensive backs Chris Davis and Steve Williams, running back Ryan Mathews, and defensive linemen Ricardo Mathews and Ryan Carrethers are all inactive for Sunday's game.  


Chargers confirm MCL sprain for Ryan Mathews


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Chargers coach Mike McCoy confirmed Ryan Mathews' sprained MCL in his Monday press conference, after reports surfaced that an MRI showed Mathews suffered the injury Sunday.

Mathews is expected to miss four or more weeks as a result of the injury, which will not require surgery. 


Report: MRI confirms MCL sprain for Ryan Mathews


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews had an MRI taken on his right knee Monday, and NFL.com reports the exam carried with it bad news.

According to the report, Mathews has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL that could keep him out 4-5 weeks, though the team has not yet confirmed the results at this time.

The Chargers don't have a bye until Week 10, so whatever time Mathews misses will come with an associated game missed. This timetable likely puts him out until at least Week 7 against Kansas City.


Report: Ryan Mathews has sprained MCL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The early diagnosis on Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is that he suffered a sprained MCL, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Mathews was carted off in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Seahawks.

Mathews will undergo further tests Monday, the report said. If the the initial diagnosis proves correct, Mathews could return within a month or so.


Ryan Mathews struggles before knee injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews had a tough game Sunday against the Seahawks.

Mathews gained 31 yards on 11 carries. He caught two passes for 26 yards. Mathews had to be carted off the field after recovering a fumble. He managed to come up with the ball, but injured his right knee on the play. Mathews is set to have an MRI on his knee Monday.

The Chargers take on the Bills Week 3 if Mathews can go. 


Ryan Mathews carted off Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was carted off the field Sunday.

Mathews fumbled on a handoff from Philip Rivers, and appeared to injury his leg while recovering the ball. The team announced Mathews is dealing with a knee injury. His return is questionable. 


Ryan Mathews salvages tough night with 20-yard TD run


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, who ended last season with four touchdowns in his final six games, found the end zone Week 1 at Arizona on a nifty 20-yard run in the third quarter. That was the highlight for Mathews as the swarming Cardinals limited him to 60 total yards.

Mathews carried 12 times for 40 yards (3.3 ypc) and caught both his targets for 20 yards. He'll face the Seahawks in Week 2.


Ryan Mathews leads a crowded backfield


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews played 16 games for the first time in his career last season. He rushed for a career-high 1,255 yards, scored seven total touchdowns, and finished as the No. 12 Fantasy running back.

Mathews opens the season Monday night against Arizona, the league's stingiest run defense last year. The Cardinals allowed an NFL-low 84.4 rushing yards per game while giving up 3.7 yards per carry (tied for second). But their defense is not quite as tough now due to injuries, defections and linebacker Daryl Washington's suspension.

The bigger concern for Mathews is San Diego's three-headed backfield monster. When running backs coach Ollie Wilson was asked about the team signing Donald Brown to join Mathews and Danny Woodhead, he said, "There is no such thing as a featured back any more."

Mathews still will get most of the early-down work and goal-line carries. Consider him a low-end RB2 in Week 1.


Chargers list inactives for second preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) According to U-T San Diego, the following players were held out for the Chargers against the Seahawks in exhibition play on Friday: Running back Ryan Mathews (healthy scratch), wide receiver Vincent Brown (calf), defensive end Lawrence Guy (shoulder), defensive end Damik Scafe (undisclosed) and outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (healthy scratch).

Ryan Mathews looks good until he fumbles


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/8/2014) Ryan Mathews got the first carry for the Chargers and ended up with five total in their preseason debut vs. Dallas on Thursday. Accumulating 19 yards on the ground, Mathews' worst moment came in the first quarter when a Cowboys defender got his helmet on the football and popped it out when Mathews dove for the end zone. He didn't play again after that mistake, but neither did the Chargers' first-team offense. 

Splitting playing time with Danny Woodhead on the Chargers' first drive, Mathews' first three carries were solid gains for 5 to 7 yards each. He didn't show exceptional cuts or burst but was still very effective against a very bad defense.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy told NFL Network that he intends to keep feeding Mathews the ball despite the fumble. 

Mathews will play again at the Seahawks on Aug. 15. 


Chargers rolling with 'three-headed monster'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews described the backfield as a "three-headed monster," reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. He'll share the workload with Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead.

The paper still calls Mathews "the workhorse." Woodhead is "the versatile guy who can run and catch," and Brown is "sort of a hybrid of the two." The team also drafted running back Marion Grice.

"There is no such thing as a featured back any more," running backs coach Ollie Wilson said.


Ryan Mathews: I've got to do more


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews wants to be fresh and healthy come the end of the season and the playoffs this year, reports ESPN.

Mathews suffered a sprained ankle against Oakland toward the end of the 2013 season and was ineffective in the playoffs, rushing for a total of 78 yards in two contests against Cincinnati and Denver. Although he played a full 16-game season for the first time in his four-year NFL career, Mathews is focused on being on the field and at his best when the games matter most.

"That’s my expectation this season," Mathews said. "I've got to do more and do better, so I can be there with my guys to be able to help them out as much as I can when we get there again."

This offseason, Mathews did running and agility drills at the beach to strengthen the smaller muscles in his legs and maintain his 220-pound frame.

"I think Ryan is going to have a great year, probably better than last year," Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker said. "He looks faster."


Chargers OC: Ryan Mathews is 'primary workhorse'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Despite the offseason signing of Donald Brown, Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich told the team's website that running back Ryan Mathews "is the pounder." Added Reich: "He’s going to be the primary workhorse. He’s our guy."

Mathews ran for a career-high 1,255 yards on 285 carries with six touchdowns last year.