Report: Chargers not worried about RB Ryan Mathews' durability
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Report: Chargers not worried about RB Ryan Mathews' durability

After two seasons spent dealing with injuries and suffering a fractured clavicle on his first carry of the preseason, fantasy owners are worried about Ryan Mathews @rmathews24' ability to hold up for a full 16 games. According to Michael Gehlken of the U-T San Diego, one important party doesn't share that anxiety: The San Diego Chargers.
When asked in a reader mailbag this week if the team will limit Mathews touches given his injury history, Gehlken responded, "Despite the bout of injuries, the Chargers still consider Ryan Mathews capable of handling a heavy workload. He has the build at 6-foot, 218 pounds -- not exactly Dexter McCluster or Tatumm Bell out there. ... Not saying a turnaround is guaranteed, but it's early. The book on Mathews' durability isn't written yet. It is off to a poor start."

Fantasy Analysis:

Well, that's some good news. Now we will just have to see whose recovery timetable is more correct. Will Mathews return in four weeks, as he believes? Will it be six weeks, as the team has hinted at? Will it be eight weeks, which is what a doctor not assciated with the Chargers opined Thursday?
Ronnie Brown, Curtis Brinkley @boonah920 and Le'Ron McClain @LeRon_McClain33 will handle the carries while Mathews is on the mend.

U-T San Diego

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