Ryan Mathews RB SD 8 Days

Mathews (unspecified issue) did not practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

As the report notes, Mathews recorded just two second-half carries in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, with ESPN.com noting that the running back appeared to suffer a right leg injury late in the second quarter of that contest. Next up for touches in the San Diego backfield if Mathews is limited or out this weekend against the Broncos are Branden Oliver and Donald Brown.

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Mathews had 11 carries for 44 yards, adding one reception for four yards on a lone target, in Sunday's 23-14 loss to the Patriots.

Branden Oliver had three carries for one yard, and Donald Brown had five receptions for 49 yards on six targets. Mathews is still the clear lead back for early downs, with Brown handling the majority of work on passing downs. While he's looked solid since returning from a sprained MCL in Week 11, Mathews has a hit-or-miss role in the pass-oriented San Diego offense. Next week's matchup with the Broncos is as tough as they come for said role.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 17 Days

Mathews (shoulder) had 13 carries for 38 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as one catch on two targets for six receiving yards Sunday against the Ravens.

While the yardage numbers were hardly prolific, Mathews has now scored a touchdown in back-to-back games, as he continues to get a very large percentage of the backfield touches (Brandon Oliver had only one carry Sunday, while Donald Brown got zero). Unfortunately, he's got a tough matchup in Week 14 againt the Patriots, who are allowing the 14th-fewest rushing yards per game, but are tied for the league-lead in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed this season.

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Mathews (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game at Baltimore.

Mathews has practiced all week, and his start today was never in question. Since returning from his early season injury, he has looked impressive and is coming off a 105-yard rushing performance against the Rams despite tweaking his shoulder in the game.

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Mathews (shoulder) practiced fully all week and is probable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, the Chargers' official site reports.

Mathews is thus on track to make his third start since returning from an MCL injury and barring any injury setbacks, he's in line to head the Chargers' Week 13 rushing attack after recording 105 yards on 12 carries against the Rams last weekend.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 22 Days

Mathews (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday, the Chargers' official site reports.

Mathews missed time this past Sunday game against the Rams, but his full practice participation Wednesday indicates that he should be a go Sunday against the Ravens, barring any setbacks.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 25 Days

Mathews (shoulder) returned to Sunday's game against the Rams, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

We'll have to see if Mathews ends up having his practice participation impacted in the coming days, but it appears as though the shoulder issue he sustained Sunday was a minor one.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 25 Days

Mathews returned to the sideline after having headed to the locker room to have a left shoulder issue looked at, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Prior to his injury, Mathews, who is questionable to return to the game, had carried 11 times for 102 yards with a touchdown.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 1 Month

In his return to action from a knee injury, Mathews led Chargers' running backs with 32 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over the Raiders, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

In the process, Mathews recorded a team-high 16 carries for 70 yards, while Branden Oliver (23 snaps) carried 13 times for 36 yards and Donald Brown (21 snaps) ran once for zero yards. "I was just doing what I (could) when my number was called," Mathews noted afterward. "The coaching staff had a plan for me, and it worked." With no reported setbacks Sunday, it's not hard to imagine Mathews seeing a bigger portion of the team's carries in the coming weeks, with Oliver likely in line to serve as the team's primary change-of-pace back.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 1 Month

Mathews (knee) had 16 carries for 70 yards and caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 13-6 win over Oakland.

It was Mathews' first game since Week 2, and he looked relatively spry against a porous Raiders' rush defense, popping a nice 20-yard run up the middle at one point. Meanwhile, Branden Oliver had 13 carries for 36 yards, although he probably won't see that much work in future games, as Mathews gains stamina and gets back into a rhythm. In Week 12, Mathews will face a Rams' rush defense that has been strong over the last five games.