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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Poll results: Mathews' career in trouble

By Bill Williamson

There doesn’t appear to be much confidence from readers that Ryan Mathews can stay healthy enough to become a productive NFL running back.

For the second time this season, Mathews broke his clavicle, which is a rare NFL injury. He is out for the season. Injuries have plagued Mathews since the Chargers made him the No. 12 pick of the 2010 draft.

Mathews has talent and has made some nice plays, but he's been inconsistent. In our AFC West poll this week, we asked readers if they think Mathews will ever reach his full potential. As of 5:25 p.m. ET, a resounding 89 percent do not think so, while just 11 percent believe Mathews will become a star.

I can’t argue with the majority. I do think Mathews is a good player, but if a running back has nagging injury and consistency issues in his first three seasons, those don't often change. His fourth year in San Diego is critical. If Mathews doesn’t figure it out next season, the Chargers may have to move on.

Thanks to everyone who played along.