Chargers RB Ryan Mathews takes big step

September, 3, 2012
9/03/12
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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. 10.

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.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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