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Monday, September 17, 2012
Ryan Mathews set to return

By Bill Williamson

Barring a setback, it looks like Ryan Mathews’ wait is over.

U-T San Diego is reporting the Chargers running back will practice Wednesday and is expected to play Sunday against Atlanta. That has been the expectation for the past several days. Mathews was cleared for contact last Thursday. So, he will practice with contact for more than a week before hitting the field. Mathews broke his clavicle on his first preseason carry.

Mathews’ return will give the Chargers a big boost. They are 2-0, but his return will only improve this offense that scored 38 points in a lopsided win over the Titans on Sunday.

In other AFC West news:

Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said running back Jamaal Charles’ surgically repaired knee is fine. He was taken out of a 35-17 loss at Buffalo on Sunday after he was banged up after taking a hit on the knee.

CBS Sportsline reported the Chargers will work out veteran cornerback Chris Carr this week. The Chargers are thin at cornerback. Carr recently worked out for the Chiefs and I could see the Raiders showing interest, because starter Shawntae Spencer is hurting with a foot injury and the team’s other starting cornerback, Ronald Bartell, is out for another six weeks. The Raiders are paper thin at cornerback.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Denver pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil is planning to file a lawsuit in Miami over a false arrest this summer. He was arrested in July in a road rage incident, but charges were never filed.