SAN DIEGO (AP)—Chargers running back Ryan Mathews(notes) missed his second straight practice Thursday with a high ankle sprain.The rookie’s prospects of playing decrease with every missed practice, making it less likely he’ll be available for Sunday’s game at Seattle.
The fact that Mathews is sitting out two days is not a good sign he will play Sunday. Mathews was optimistic Wednesday that he could play against the Seahawks.
Yet, the Chargers are likely going to be very cautious with Mathews. He said Sunday he could have returned to the game but the Chargers were blowing out the Jaguars.“I can play,” Mathews said. “There’s a difference between being hurt and being injured. I can play in pain. It may be a bit uncomfortable, but as long as my bone’s not sticking through the skin, I’m good to go. But I know that it’s the trainer’s decision and I’ll go along with whatever they decide.”
While Mathews is the primary back, Tolbert is the type of player who can help San Diego. Even when Mathews is healthy. If Mathews can’t play, Mike Tolbert(notes) will be the Chargers’ primary rusher.The Chargers will find a role for Tolbert. He had 82 yards on 16 carries against Jacksonville.
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