NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Mathews suffered a sprained MCL against Seattle, per a source who has spoken to the player. Mathews underwent an MRI Monday and could be out 4-5 weeks, although he hopes to return sooner.
Mathews was carted off the field Sunday against the Seahawks with a knee injury in the fourth quarter and did not return. He suffered the injury while recovering his own fumble, his second of the game.
Mathews is in the final year of his contract and his injury issues will keep his value down when he is looking for a new contract. In the meantime, the Chargers should have him back on the field well before they make their push for the playoffs.
The Mathews injury was only one problem in a long string of high profile injuries in Week 2. Here's some other injury news.
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- the Redskins got some moderately good news regarding the health of the Redskins' franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III. An MRI revealed Monday he did not suffer an ankle fracture, which was the initial concern. Griffin suffered a dislocated ankle against the Jaguars and coach Jay Gruden said they won't know the timetable on how long he'll be out for a few weeks. Gruden also said he's optimistic that RGIII could return this season and that they aren't considering him for injured reserve.
- Things are also looking up regarding DeSean Jackson, who left the game shortly after RGIII's injury with a shoulder sprain. Jackson said he intends to play this week against the Eagles, Rapoport reported, per a source who has spoken to him. Gruden said he is day to day and Jackson's playing status will be determined based on pain throughout the week.
- The Jags will also evaluate undrafted rookie wideout Allen Hurns on a day-to-day basis as he deals with an ankle sprain.