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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