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Mathews' (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL, NFL.com reports.

Mathews is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday, but his initial diagnosis is a sprained MCL. The running back was carted off the field during Sunday's game after being injury while trying to recover a fumble. For a player fresh off his first complete season last year, it appears Mathews is in store for a multi-week absence in wake of Sunday's latest injury. Expect more news surrounding Mathews' status for surface following his MRI results Monday.

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Mathews, who left Sunday's game against the Seahawks with a right knee injury, is scheduled to undergo an MRI, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The Chargers are reportedly worried that the injury is a sprained MCL, which would likely mean a multi-week absence. Mathews was carted off the field early in the fourth quarter after hurting himself while trying to recover his own fumble. He was deemed questionable to return, with the designation seeming rather optimistic. Should Mathews miss any time beyond Sunday, Donald Brown would be in line for a significant jump in snaps and touches.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 2 Months

Mathews (knee), who was carted off the field early in the fourth quarter, is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official website reports.

While officially questionable, Mathews doesn't seem like a good bet to return, as he wasn't able to put weight on his leg, and had to be carted off the field. Donald Brown is currently working as the Chargers' lead back, with Danny Woodhead still the man in obvious passing situations.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 2 Months

Mathews was carted off the field after suffering an apparent right knee injury in Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Mathews was reportedly unable to put any pressure on his leg, which in conjunction with the cart, indicates the injury may be serious. Donald Brown will fill in as the Chargers' lead back, with Danny Woodhead still positioned to handle most of the third-down workload. Mathews hurt his knee while recovering his own fumble, which marked the second time he'd put the ball on the ground.

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Mathews had 12 rushes for 40 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's loss at Arizona. He also added two receptions for 20 yards.

The Bolts had a hard time running against the Arizona front seven for most of this game. With the exception of the twenty yard rushing touchdown that came on a key third-and-one, Mathews found the yards hard to come by in this game.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 2 Months

Mathews had 22 yards on four carries and 26 yards on two receptions in Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers.

Though he had a touchdown reception called back because of a penalty, Mathews still turned in a solid performance. He was a bit more active in the passing game toward the end of last season, but his 26 receptions are about what you can expect this year. Mathews will also have more competition for early-down work due to the offseason addition of Donald Brown.

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Mathews had five carries for 19 yards and lost a fumble at the goal line in the preseason opener against the Cowboys.

The fumble looked like a bit of a fluke, but it's definitely not good to see from Mathews, who has had problems hanging on to the ball in the past. Also, red zone efficiency is an area the Bolts are desperate to improve this season, so this was not a great start for them. Still, Mathews and the starting offense looked good in limited action overall.

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ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams believes walk-year RB Ryan Mathews could be headed into his final season in San Diego.

This is quite possible, but Williams' reasoning is based on the fact that the Chargers now have Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown locked up long term. While both are useful players, neither has the early-down talent Mathews' possesses. If Mathews can stay healthy for the second-consecutive year, there's a good chance he'll be back with the Bolts in 2015. Mathews turns 27 in October.

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According to the Union-Tribune San Diego, Ryan Mathews weighed 227 pounds at Chargers minicamp, down nine pounds from that time last year.

We now have conflicting reports on his weight, as a June 17 U-T San Diego story stated Mathews "weighs 222 pounds, up seven from last August." We typically prefer running backs to play at lighter weighs, where they can be more fluid and explosive. Mathews is currently training in Los Angeles to prepare for camp.

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Chargers OC Frank Reich said Ryan Mathews will remain the main back in San Diego.

"Ryan is the pounder," Reich said. "He's going to be the primary workhorse. He's our guy." The signing of Donald Brown seemed to signal a decrease in role for Mathews, but Reich called Brown a "big-play guy" and spoke about him as more of a change-of-pace back. If he can stay healthy, Mathews could once again be a 250-plus carry back.