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Mathews doubtful for Thursday

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  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    Mathews unlikely to play Thursday
    6:45 p.m., Aug. 8, 2011
    Written by Kevin Acee

    There are plenty of new players and a few new coaches and some things to look for in the Chargers' preseason opener on Thursday.

    But don't look for running back Ryan Mathews.

    Hampered by a slightly strained muscle in his upper leg, it appears that Mathews' exhibition season will start late.

    "In the early preseason games, we always err on the side of caution," Norv Turner said after Monday's practice, the second straight missed by Mathews and fourth he has not participated in this training camp.

    Mathews ran swiftly on the side Monday, and Turner continued to express confidence in the second-year back's health.

    Mathews, who played in 11 games and carried just 158 times in 2010 due mostly to a high ankle sprain, has struggled to get going in camp.
     
  2. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    *in before shitstorm*
     
  3. Cheapseats

    Cheapseats Loud, proud Charger fan

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    OK, time to audition guys for the practice squad.
     
  4. jackfrost

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    Has this bloke been drafted yet does anyone know ?

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    Just till Ragin' Ryno is all healed up and ready to roar ofcourse.
     
  5. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Maybe this is just a Norv ploy to keep the kid out of action until later in TC. If I recall correctly, last year there were many complaints over stars not play in the exhibitions. I can't say Norv is that smart to play this game but, something isn't right when a young kid is all banged up already.
     
  6. LT-Express

    LT-Express Bolttalk.com Janitor since 06' Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Umm it is Ryan Mathews we are talking about here. I'm sure it's his latest injury to keep him from playing. It will probably be mid-September till he comes back. This poor kid spends more time on the bench injured than he does on the field playing. Ryan "Mr.Glass" Mathews.....hahaha. Hope he gets better and ready for the season though.
     
  7. DenverBolt67

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    Did anyone really expect Matthews to not have some injury issues? Afterall, he didn't play a single season in college where he played 100% of the games. He had some sort of injury that kept him out a game or 2 every year. None were serious, but he always seems to have something small lingering. With the speed and size of NFL defenders, I seriously doubt that changes much.

    Don't get me wrong, I expect him to be good. But I also expect him to have nagging injuries his whole career.
     
  8. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Not surprising at all. Pre-season week 1 they keep out starters for less, and after not being in game shape at the start and missing some practices.....no need to play him.

    We already know what Tolbert is, I'd like to see Todman and Odim get a lot of snaps on Thursday.

     
  9. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Not worried. LT played how many preseason games again?
     
  10. boltmanbz

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    Look LT never played any preseason games.. there was a lockout and we all knew there would be some guys that were not fully in shape , its a bigger story because everyone wants him to be a bust (other then us Charger fans)
     
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  11. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Well said.
     
  12. Chargerfn909

    Chargerfn909 High and tight kid, high and tight!

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    All good, as long as he's ready to go and the ball doesn't hit the ground come Sep 11.
     
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    Not as worried we are Pass 1st offense anyways. I am just looking for a mediocre run game.
     
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    Chargers will continue two-back approach
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 9, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    The Chargers would love it if last year’s first round pick Ryan Mathews stepped up and took over the San Diego backfield.

    That clearly isn’t happening yet, so they are back to selling a dual backfield approach.

    “I don’t know if [Mathews] will be one of the leading rushers because I think the emergence of Tolbert gives us a chance to have a one-two punch,” coach Norv Turner said Monday. “[Mike] Tolbert gives us a nice changeup. Obviously he’s a physical, hard-to-tackle, punishing runner and Ryan has great speed, so it’s a good situation.”

    It’s the right idea; Tolbert was terrific last year. With Mathews expected to miss the Chargers first preseason game with yet another injury, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mathews complemented Tolbert this year rather than the other way around.
     
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    there has been tweets floated that some of the coaches prefer Tolbert to RM, but nothing solid. I think once the balls start flying for real, we will know early on who the featured back will be.
     
  16. Blue Bolt

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    I'm not sure it matters, frankly. The platoon system works well enough for many teams. The days of one guy shouldering most of the load are no longer the norm. The season is too grueling, and it's important to keep backs fresh. Giving a guy 300+ carries a year is a good way to make sure their career is a short one.
     
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    charger1993 bad motherfucker

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  19. AnteaterCharger

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    Not a huge surprise, especially if they're veteran players. I don't see this as an issue
     
  20. Buck Melanoma

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    This is one of the big reasons why there is absolutely NO need to draft RB's so high any longer.

    Water over the dam now.
     
  21. JohnnyX

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    As of now he really isn't making that 12th overall pick for him seem great. Time will tell though. This is of course AJ's gem of course.
     
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    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    First it was a toe, now it's a quad. I think Norv is playing games with the league and letting Ryanna chill.
     
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    It's the first bleeping pre-season game, seriously guys? We're going to overreact for this?
     
  24. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    No kidding. Gates is out too, nobody is posting pictures of Vagisil for him.
     
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    Gates has been a warrior on the field playing through injuries in great pain......... can you say the same of Mathews?
     
  26. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Uh...YES actually. He rarely practiced, but he came back 1 week after a high ankle sprain (3-6 week injury on avg) last year to score a nice TD run against Arizona, and word is he was only ever about 80% all year long. He paid for coming back too soon as the injury was allowed to linger, but thats more the fault of trainers.

    Not practicing and playing well at 80%??? That sounds exactly like Gates, weather its his new foot issues or his once ailing back that seemed to be a weekly issue. Only difference is Mathews was a rookie who needed practice time, Gates doesn't.
     
  27. Blue Bolt

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    Not exactly, he missed the game prior to his ankle injury...... the Arizona game was two weeks after, not one. He only had 9 carries in that game, and the week after. I wouldn't say they were pushing him too hard, as he didn't see much action. In hindsight, they probably should sat him sooner, but it's up to the athlete to know his own body and tell the coaches if he can't go.
     
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    After one year? Gates didn't play through alot of pain his first year because.......he didn't get to see the field much. In addition players are held out of the pre-season alot more then in regular season games out of an abundance of caution. No point making dings and dents worse for games with no meaning. This is especially true for the 'starter'.

    This isn't Larry English
     
  29. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    He missed 1 game, therefore 1 week in my book. And like when Gates tried to play through his foot injury he was only on the field maybe 20% of the snaps, he was more of a decoy.

    I'm a little frustrated too with the nicks and scrapes, but I'd bet he got the start anyway if this game meant anything.
     
  30. Blue Bolt

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    The thing is, we can make do without him, as Tolbert can handle the carries until he gets back (if it was a real game). Losing Gates is a bigger blow to the offense than losing Mathews. What we've seen from Mathews so far is just flashes of what he's capable of...... Gates is a mainstay of our offense. That's the difference.
     

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