Ryan Mathews cleared for contact

Updated: September 13, 2012, 7:29 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Running back Ryan Mathews has been cleared for contact but was limited in practice as the San Diego Chargers continued preparing for their home opener Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Mathews has been out since breaking his collarbone on his first carry in the exhibition opener Aug. 9.

Coach Norv Turner says Mathews looked good in practice Thursday. The Chargers don't have to list his status for the game until Friday.

Tight end Antonio Gates sat out his second straight practice with sore ribs.


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