- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Naturally, a big question amongst San Diego Chargers fans Friday is will the team pursue a veteran running back with Ryan Mathews out for 4-6 weeks with a broken clavicle.
Well, the question has been answered.
According to U-T San Diego, Chargers coach Norv Turner said Friday that the team wouldn’t pursue a veteran running back while Mathews is out. Mathews could miss the first two games of the season. The top running backs available are Cedric Benson and Ryan Grant.
Turner explained that the Chargers won’t look for a veteran because the team has depth behind Mathews. Among the running backs in camp are Ronnie Brown, Jackie Battle and Curtis Brinkley. Rookies Michael Hayes and Edwin Baker are also in the mix. Fullback Le’Ron McClain can also run the ball.
I’d think that if Mathews’ injury was more serious the Chargers would look to add another back. But because he will be ready for most of the season, I can see why the Chargers are going to plan to stick with their stable of backups in the short term.
Also, I wonder if Benson and/or Grant would be interested in signing with a team in which the starter is out for a short period of time. They might want to stay patient and see if a better situation opened. Also, Benson and Grant aren’t great fits, according to Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. He said neither player offers anything as a receiver and wouldn’t be a fit for Turner’s offense.
So there are a lot of reasons why the Chargers are leaning to stand pat while Mathews is out.