Ryan Mathews Cleared For Contact, Still Day-To-Day

Ryan Mathews is practicing, but his status remains up in the air.

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Ryan Mathews, Antonio Gates Expected To Play Week 3 For Chargers

The San Diego Chargers could have two of their main playmakers back on the field this weekend as running back Ryan Mathews and tight end Antonio Gates both participated in practice on Wednesday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Mathews has been out since suffering a broken clavicle on Aug. 9 on his first preseason carry of the season, and he is poised to make his season debut against the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday. He was a full participant on Wednesday and is expected to be on Thursday as well.

Mathews told the Union-Tribune:

I feel great, I feel healthy, and I feel strong. I think (the coaches) know what I can do. I know they know I'm ready. It's a long season, and they're going to be real smart with me. Really, it's just taking it day by day and seeing whether I go Saturday when they make that final decision.

Gates suffered a rib injury on Sept. 10 in the Chargers' season opener that left him sidelined last week. He was a limited participant on Wednesday, though head coach Norv Turner said he "looked good." How his body reacts to Wednesday's practice will determine his participation on Thursday.

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Ryan Mathews Injury: Chargers RB Expected Out Monday Night

Despite his best efforts to prove to the NFL that he's not as fragile as he seems, San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Matthews conceded Friday that he doesn't expect to be cleared for Monday night's game against the Oakland Raiders, according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Matthews suffered a broken clavicle on Aug. 9 and was originally handed a 4-6 week recovery timetable. Here's what he had to say Friday about his journey back to the playing field:

"I haven't been cleared for contact, and I think we're just going to wait this week," Mathews said. "I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing. ... I just have to have the mindset right. I probably won't be playing in this game. But the next game, that's what I'm looking for now. I don't know about the team, but me personally, now I'm looking for that (Week 2) game against Tennessee."

The Chargers home opener against the Tennessee Titans will be slightly over the five-week mark since Matthews went down with his injury.

Ronnie Brown is expected to handle most of the workload against the Raiders in Matthews' absence.

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