Chargers Optimistic About Early Return For Ryan Mathews

San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner is optimistic about getting running back Ryan Mathews back in action. Turner thinks that Mathews, who suffered a broken clavicle in Thursday's preseason opener against the Packers, could return in time for the first week of the regular season.

"If everything goes exactly the way we'd like, he might be available for the opener. He's worked so hard ... every time he's had adversity, he's come back stronger. So he's still in a position to go have a great season."

The medical timeline for Mathews' recovery is pegged at 4-6 weeks. That puts a Week 1 return on the more ambitious end of the spectrum. San Diego opens the season on the road with a Monday night game against the Oakland Raiders.

Mathews will be counted on as the primary running back for the Chargers upon his return.

For more on the Chargers and reactions to the news on Matthews, check out Bolts from the Blue.

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