Brooks: Backup plans
Bucky Brooks analyzes the impact of early injuries to notable players, including Ryan Mathews and Trent Richardson. More ...
That's scary talk for San Diego Chargers fans, but take solace in knowing Mathews remains adamant he'll be ready for the season opener.
It's well known Mathews had durability problems in his first two seasons. The Chargers would seem to take an unnecessary risk if they cleared him on the early end of the initial 4-6 week timetable.
If Mathews were to re-injure the clavicle, he could be lost for the season. Everybody wants to play on "Monday Night Football" in Week 1, but common sense needs to carry the day.