The Chargers announced their official injury report a short while ago.
Aubrayo Franklin (knee) is out.
Jared Gaither (groin) is doubtful.
Ryan Mathews (neck) and Dante Rosario (hamstring) are questionable.
Antwan Barnes (hamstring), Atari Bigby (quad), Chris Carr (knee), Tyronee Green (ribs/illness), Melvin Ingram (knee), Mike Scifres (rt. ankle) and Eric Weddle (knee/illness) are all probable.
Franklin suffered a deep bone bruise in his knee during the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Tampa Bay. He is expected to be out a couple weeks. By missing the game, he will become the first Chargers defensive starter to miss a game this season.
If Gaither does not suit up on Sunday, and it is looking at this moment that it is likely he will miss the game, it will be the second week in a row he missed with the groin injury.
Mathews suffered a stiff neck as a result of a vicious third quarter collision with the Bucs’ Quincy Black. He missed the practice on Wednesday and Thursday but returned on a limited basis on Friday.
Finally, Rosario’s hamstring injury flared up in the middle of Thursday’s practice.
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Ryan Mathews missed practice today with a stiff neck. He injured himself on the same hit in the third quarter on Sunday that the Buccaneers’ Quincy Black suffered a season-ending neck injury on.
Here is what head coach Norv Turner had to say about Mathews and his injury.
“His neck is pretty stiff. He took a pretty good shot on that hit. We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow. Hopefully he’ll be alright and be able to practice tomorrow and Friday and be able to play on Sunday.”
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Ryan Mathews sat out yesterday’s practice for an undisclosed reason, but any fear that it was serious subsided as #24 was back on the field today for practice.
Mathews put forth his best effort of the season Sunday night, rushing for 80 yards and a touchdown and catching six balls for 59 yards.
Be sure to check out our Chargers Report later today for the latest on Mathews and the rest of your Chargers.
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The good news for the Chargers is that two their most valuable offensive players, Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews, have been historically dominant against the Denver Broncos.
Rivers has a 9-3 record versus the Broncos, including 20 TDs, seven ints and a career passer rating of 102.7. He has an overall record of 40-8 in games in which he has a passer rating of 100.0 or higher. Rivers is 28-10 as a starter versus the AFC West.
Meanwhile, Mathews has rushed for more than 120 yards in his last three outings versus the Broncos (120, 125, and 137 yards).
So who do you think will have the bigger game vs. Denver, Rivers or Mathews? Let us know in the comments below.
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Ryan Mathews sat out of practice today as the Chargers started preperations for the Denver Broncos. Although the team will not put out an injury report until tomorrow, head coach Norv Turner said he expects everyone who missed practice today to be able to play on Monday night.
Turner was also effusive in his praise of Mathews. Here is what he had to say about him during his press conference with the media:
“Every time he has adversity or a setback, he comes back stronger. He’s done that since he’s been here. Every time everyone wants to count him out he comes back and he’s better. He’s just a mentally tough guy that when he’s on and he’s right, he’s really good.”
Agree with Turner? Leave your thoughts about Mathews in the comments below.
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Practice just got under way, and Ryan Mathews is participating in full pads for the first time since fracturing his clavicle.
Will have more information about the extent of his work after practice on Chargers.com, but it is certainly a positive sign in the right direction.
Quentin Jammer also returned to the field today after sitting out yesterday’s session.
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In his weekly press conference, head coach Norv Turner said that Ryan Mathews still has not been cleared for contact, and that he doesn’t have a firm date yet on when he will be.
“It could be tomorrow, or it could be a week from tomorrow,” he said. “We’re continuing to evaluate him and hopefully it will be sooner than later. But again, we’ll get an update tomorrow based on how much he’s able to do in practice, and the day he’s cleared, we’ll let you know.”
Mathews fractured his clavicle on his first carry of the preseason and has been working hard to get back out on the field. Being cleared for contact is one of the last hurdles needed for him to be ready for game action.
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Six weeks after OTAs ended, Thursday’s informal press conference with Norv Turner represented a welcome break for those of us producing stories every day without fresh quotes.
The lunchtime chat provided plenty of interesting tidbits. I’ll get to more tomorrow, but Turner had some illuminating, if not surprising, things to say about the run game.
He acknowledged the coaching staff made a concerted effort this offseason to analyze and improve the team’s ground game. They concluded the team lacked the 10 and 20-yard bursts that loosened defenses and epitomized the nervousness induced by some of San Diego’s backs in 2006 and 2007.
First-round pick Ryan Mathews, he made it clear, mostly will play on first and second downs to start his career. While Mathews already has demonstrated that he understands the importance of pass protection, and his 6-foot, 218-pound frame seems tailored for the task, he’ll get time to develop the skill that’s often the hardest for rookie running backs to master. Darren Sproles will remain the primary third-down back for the Chargers.
“You stand behind (Mathews) and look at his calves and he is a big, solid guy. (Fresno State) teaches their players to play in a very physical manner, so he’s not shy about contact,” Turner said. “I can’t believe he won’t be an outstanding pass protector because he has the want-to and he has the physical stature to do it.
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• Almost all of the 255 NFL rookies attended. Among those absent was Chad Jones, the New York Giants safety involved in a serious car accident last week.
• Asked what would happen if Cam Thomas launched himself into the space bounce with a hive of kids, Ryan Mathews broke a string of monotonous questions with this diddy: “He’ll pop that thing if he goes in there. I’ll probably be in there with him. If he ends up in there, he’ll probably squash a few kids or something like that, but it’s all fun and games.”
• Darrell Stuckey wasn’t star-struck, per se, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. But Goodell did gain his respect: “As important as (off-field behavior) is to our organization and the branding of the NFL, it’s one of those things to where we have to realize that, yeah, he’s the man. He’s the one that runs the show. And for him to take time out to come out here and let us know how important it is to him means a lot to us.”
As an aside, Stuckey already is one of the more polished interviews on the team.
• Thomas had an interesting take on the collective fate of the rookies: “Somebody’s going to have a Hall of Fame type life. Some people are going to be wealthy. Some people aren’t going to make it past training camp. They’ll probably play one preseason game. That’s just reality.”
• Monday’s media availability was part of the NFL’s Play 60 campaign to promote active lifestyles. There were a few dozen kids from Camp Pendleton that participated in a fun lunchtime play session outside with all of the rookies. The Chargers actively sought kids to engage. Jonathan Crompton played quarterback with a few. Stuckey and Donald Butler also were quick to find some young friends.
We are officially four weeks from the first rookies-only practice at training camp.
Stay true and keep pounding,
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About 45 players participated in the final week of OTAs last week, most of them rookies.
Here’s a look at what some of the Chargers’ draft picks, free agent rookies and young vets had to say and their evaluation of the offseason.
Ryan Mathews — “I think I’m on top of my game and ready to go, but there’s still a lot of stuff I need to learn. This upcoming month, July, is really going to help me out. If I just stay on top of everything, just keep working out and keep getting better, I’ll come back in July and be ready.”
Cam Thomas — “It really doesn’t matter until you put the pads on. It’s more mental than it is physical right now. It’s just getting the plays and understanding the philosophy of the defense. When the pads come on, that’s when we’ll tell who’s a man and who’s not. If you don’t like being physical, you shouldn’t play the sport. And I like being physical.”
Jeremy Williams — “I’ve been making as many catches as I can, doing everything as fast as I can and working hard. I think overall my OTAs went well. I’m just going to go back, get a couple days of rest, hang out with the family and then I’m going to get back on my grind. I’ll make sure I stay in shape and get ready for camp to come here and light it up.”
Antwan Applewhite — “What we try to take from it is not so much physicalness, but just the mental aspect of it. Just getting our minds back on football, getting our legs in football shape. That’s basically what we take from it, so that’s what the fans should take from it. It’s just kind of a pre-camp type thing. That’s why they call it Mini Camp. It’s just to kind of get us back into shape and get our minds ready to play football again in September.”
Dante Hughes — “This is a good time for us because we get an opportunity to play. That’s what we get paid to do and that’s what we enjoy doing, but at the same time, before training camp you definitely need that down time. You can get your body back if you have a knick or you’re bruised up a little bit. You can get those issues taken care of so that they don’t linger into the season. Plus, a lot of these guys have families. When the season rolls around, you’re not going to have much opportunity to enjoy them, so it’s a good time for us to get family time in also.”
Stay true and keep pounding,
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