San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers knocked off the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks 30-21 today, but lost running back Ryan Mathews.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that Ryan Mathews MRI confirmed his MCL sprain and is expected to be out 4-5 weeks.
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With the Chargers up 27-21 at the start of the 4th quarter, Ryan Mathews fumbled and while attempting to recover the fumble injured his right knee and had to be carted off the field.
Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reported yesterday that the early diagnosis was that Ryan Mathews had suffered a sprained MCL:
"The Chargers running back was carted off the field Sunday with a knee injury. The early prognosis is he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament, a source said following a 30-21 win over Seattle. It is unclear how much time he will miss. He’ll likely be further examined to determine the extent of the sprain, which by definition is a tear."
Ryan Mathews is a key piece to the Chargers offense, but the Chargers have prepared themselves for this situation. The Chargers signed running back Donald Brown last off-season as a free-agent to protect themselves in case of an injury to Ryan Matthews.
Ryan Mathews had his best season with the Chargers last year, finishing seventh in the NFL with 1,255 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Mathews also for the first time in his career played in all 16 games.
Despite his solid season last year…this could very well be his final season with the San Diego Chargers.
Ryan Mathews has struggled to hold onto the football and stay on the field so far in is career and with the Chargers signing Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown to multi-year deals, the Chargers might be moving on from Ryan Mathews at the end of the season.