KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31: Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers fumbles the ball during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 31, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Ryan Mathews Injury: Chargers RB In Danger Of Missing Week 9

The Chargers reportedly fear that Ryan Mathews won't be available this weekend after suffering a groin injury against the Chiefs.

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Ryan Mathews Injury Update: Limited On Monday, But Expected To Play On Thursday Night Football

The San Diego Chargers conducted a walkthrough on Monday as they prepare for Thursday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders. Running back Ryan Mathews was limited in the walkthrough, but the Chargers reportedly have plenty of optimism that Mathews will be able to play on Thursday.

Mathews sat out Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers with a groin injury and Mike Tolbert took virtually all the carries. Tolbert put together a solid 4.4 yards per carry clip in the loss and emerged unscathed himself from the game. Mathews could very well regain his starting role, but given the short week, a platoon of some sort with Tolbert seems more logical.

The Chargers face a Raiders rush defense that has struggled a bit and is coming off an awful performance against the Denver Broncos. Willis McGahee rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns in helping lead the Broncos to victory. Such a performance would seem to bode well for which ever back leads the way for San Diego. We'll have update practice participation reports Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.

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Ryan Mathews, Curtis Brinkley Injury Update: Mike Tolbert Looking At Starter Snaps Sunday

The San Diego Chargers running back situation has been in flux for much of this season as either Ryan Mathews or Mike Tolbert has dealt with injury issues off and on all season. The fluid situation continues as it looks like Ryan Mathews will be unable to play this Sunday. Mathews sat out practice on Thursday.

A week after Mike Tolbert was out, Mathews suffered a groin injury that led to third string running back Curtis Brinkley putting on a bit of a show on Monday Night Football. Naturally, Brinkley suffered a concussion late in the game and has not been cleared to return to practice. Mike Tolbert has been a full participant this week and would appear to be the likely starter on Sunday.

If both Mathews and Brinkley are unavailable, that means Tolbert would get most of the touches at running back. Jacob Hester would likely be worked in for some touches as well, but those are the only two options the Chargers have right now. They would likely sign Jordan Todman off the practice squad as insurance. Tolbert is not a fantastic option against the Packers, but if the Chargers are going to pull the upset, they will need to control the clock with Tolbert. This could bode well for his fantasy value.

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Ryan Mathews Injury: Status In Doubt For Chargers RB In Week 9

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews, who injured his groin and left Monday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter, is not expected to play this weekend against defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

Mathews has been knocked out of portions of three games this season with thumb, calf and groin injuries. He has yet to not be available for game, however, and ranks seventh in the league with 851 scrimmage yards.

Mathews had 112 yards from scrimmage, including 13 carries for 57 yards and a team-high six receptions for 55 yards against the Chiefs. He also played through a minor injury to his left thumb suffered in Week 7. That injury didn't contribute to his second-quarter fumble, though, which occurred when he had the ball punched out of the grip of his right hand.

Curtis Brinkley came in for Mathews and scored his first NFL touchdown. However, he also suffered a concussion and his status for this weekend is also up in the air.

Incumbant starter Mike Tolbert is expected to return.

For more on San Diego, visit Chargers blog Bolts From The Blue.

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Ryan Mathews Injury: Groin Injury Knocks Out Chargers RB In Fourth Quarter

Ryan Mathews suffered a groin injury in the fourth quarter of Monday's loss to the Chargers. The severity is not yet known, but it was enough to prevent him from returning to the game. His final play was a 14-yard reception with nine minutes left in regulation.

Despite losing their starting running back, it's hard to say the Chargers missed him. Backup running back Curtis Brinkley, who came into the night with just two career touches, caught a 20-yard reception two plays after Mathews left. He dove two yards into the end zone on the very next play, and then caught the game-tying two-point conversion. Seeing action as the featured back the rest of the way, Brinkley gained 27 yards on five carries. 

With Mike Tolbert sidelined with a hamstring injury, Mathews was expected to carry a full load. He came through with 112 yards from scrimmage, including 13 carries for 57 yards and a team-high six receptions for 55 yards. He played through a minor injury to his left thumb suffered in Week 7. That injury didn't contribute to his second-quarter fumble, though, which occurred when he had the ball punched out of the grip of his right hand

Mathews clearly has a lot of talent, but his inability to stay on the field has been a frequent problem. Ironically enough, just this week he talked about playing hurt in a radio interview with XX1090 San Diego.

"No one's going to be 100 percent healthy coming in, so you start learning to suck it up," he said. "You've got to play when you're hurt."

Stay tuned for more on Mathews' injury this week as information becomes available.   

For more on San Diego, visit Chargers blog Bolts From The Blue.

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