Chargers Look To Move On Without Mathews

Running Back "By Committee" Likely For Preseason

By Derek Togerson
|  Friday, Aug 10, 2012  |  Updated 3:53 PM PDT
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Chargers Look To Move On Without Mathews

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San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) is tackled by Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk (50) as carries the ball on his first run in an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in San Diego. Mathews broke his clavicle on the 5-yard run. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews underwent surgery to repair a broken collarbone Friday afternoon.

Mathews suffered the injury on his first carry of San Diego's first preseason game against the Packers on Thursday night.

At the time, the Chargers said it would take four to six weeks for Ryan Mathews to be back on the field. Head coach Norv Turner said nothing had changed overnight.

"I wouldn't expect it to be any different than what we said," said Turner on Friday. "We're probably looking at four weeks if we're fortunate. It could go to six weeks."

Turner also said speculation that the injury was either caused by, or somehow related to, a car accident Mathews was recently involved in is simply not true.

"If you look close at the play and how he fell, the way he used his arm to brace himself and the way his arm got twisted underneath, you can see how the injury would have happened."

The majority of the preseason rushing work will now go to a committee of backs, including Curtis Brinkley (who started the 2011 regular season finale in Oakland), Le'Ron McClain, Ronnie Brown, and Jacob Hester.

Turner said he likes the guys he has at the running back position and doesn't expect the team to make a move to bring in another player.

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