Instant Debate: Breakout stars
"If everything goes exactly the way we'd like, (Mathews) might be available for the opener," Turner told the team's official site on Thursday. "He's worked so hard."
It's not what San Diego had in mind and despite Turner's sunny outlook on Brown's abilities, the Chargers don't have much talent lined up behind Mathews, who has been nagged by injuries throughout his short career. Jackie Battle and Curtis Brinkley will see increased snaps with Mathews out, but we expect the weight to fall on Philip Rivers and the passing game.
If Mathews is delayed in his recovery, a free-agent back becomes more enticing after Week 1, when Turner and Co. wouldn't have to guarantee money to incoming help.