- Bill Williamson, ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter
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Monday, Mathews took a big step toward reaching his goal. U-T San Diego reported that the promising running back is back to practice. Mathews broke his clavicle Aug. 9 on his first preseason carry of the year. Mathews has maintained he will be ready to play against Oakland. The team has been more cautious in their plans. The Chargers gave a timetable of 4-6 weeks.
The fact Mathews is practicing doesn’t mean he will play Monday, but it is a great sign he's getting closer to being ready. I’m sure the team will monitor him closely before making a final decision on his availability Monday.
UPDATE: Mathews told U-T San Diego that he is “very hopeful” he will play against Oakland. He has yet to be cleared for contact, so this is very much a fluid situation.
Ryan Mathews has vowed to be ready to play when the San Diego Chargers open the season at Oakland on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” on Sept.