Mathews injured his ankle in the third quarter and left the stadium after the game in a protective walking boot. In between those two moments, the former first round pick out of Fresno State propelled San Diego with tough running, bringing his rushing yards to 1,111 for the season, a new career-high.
Coach Mike McCoy was appreciative of Mathews' effort, per the story:
"I'm very happy for Ryan Mathews," coach Mike McCoy said during his opening post-game statement with reporters. "You guys all asked early on why he isn't carrying the ball, why isn't he doing this. But the kid just kept working extremely hard. After today's game, it was a single-season high for him, so give him a lot credit. We've said from day one that we want unselfish players. We want players who just want to win. And he's one of those kids. ...
"It's very deserving to see where he is right now."
When asked if he would be available to play a potential win-and-your-in game against the Kansas City Chiefs next week, Mathews was positive, per the piece:
"I feel good. Sore," Mathews said. "Tough game. Tough yards. ... It's football. It's a contact sport, so stuff's going to happen. It happened to me."
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