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Chargers RB Mathews nursing high ankle sprain

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By PFW staff

Chargers rookie RB Ryan Mathews was held out of practice Wednesday and is not sure if he will play this Sunday as he nurses a high ankle sprain. The No. 12 overall pick in April's draft left last Sunday's game against the Jaguars after suffering the injury. He told head coach Norv Turner he could go back in the game, but the Chargers had a comfortable lead and Turner kept him out as a precaution.

When asked if he would play on Sunday, Mathews responded, "It's whatever the trainers think. They're going to go on how I feel and everything, and I feel good. So it's up to them."

Mathews has rushed for 101 yards in his first two NFL games and has lost two fumbles with zero touchdowns. RB Mike Tolbert ran for 82 yards and two TDs when Mathews left the game.

The way we see it

While the Chargers have two solid backs behind Mathews, they expect him to be their primary back and to be extremely productive at the position held by LaDainian Tomlinson for years. RB Darren Sproles would continue serving as the team's third-down back with Mathews out and Tolbert would get the bulk of the carries. The Chargers play the Seahawks in Seattle this weekend.

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