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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: December 20, 2012

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The curious case of Ryan Mathews' clavicles - Michael Gehlke
"If you look at shoulder injuries in football, clavicular fractures are generally low-incident injuries," Kharazzi said. "And this guy’s had two of them in four months. That’s why I think people are alarmed. People realize this is generally a rare injury. … "If you were to ask me four months ago, ‘Do you think he’s going to break his left clavicle?’ I would have said he’s more likely to be struck by lightning."

Chargers welcome back Donald Butler - NCTimes.com
Two starting offensive linemen (Jeromey Clary and Tyronne Green) and two inside linebackers (Donald Butler and Demorrio Williams) returned to practice for the Chargers on Wednesday.

Brandon Taylor will start against Jets - Michael Gehlken
"If I do (start), I'll be very excited," Taylor said. "I would just have to control my emotions because I'd be so anxious to make a play. I've just got to calm down, play my assignment and react to my keys, and I'll be in the right situation to make a play."

Norv: Philip Rivers isn't the problem - Tom Krasovic
Philip Rivers is still Philip Rivers, just not as often, and that’s not his fault. That’s how Norv Turner framed the quarterback’s season on Wednesday. "In games where we’ve protected him and gotten people open, I think he’s shown that he’s capable of doing all of the same things he’s done," Turner said.

32 Observations: Week 15 - Nathan Jahnke
Safety Eric Weddle has a Run Stop Percentage of 15.3 when lining up within 8 yards of the line of scrimmage, which is the highest in the league.

AFC West Stock Watch - Bill Williamson
There will likely be wholesale changes in both San Diego and Kansas City in the next few weeks, with an outside chance of a coaching change in Oakland. So naturally, speculation is high. We’ve heard about interim Indianapolis coach Bruce Arians as a candidate in San Diego and about former Indianapolis general manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian potentially being a candidate to run the Chiefs.

Pro Bowl 2012: The AFC - PFF Analysis Team
We just couldn’t do it. We like T.J. Ward and on the list of strong safeties the NFL gave us he was the best. But he was the fourth best safety in the conference, and we felt bad enough not having room for Reshad Jones. At the end of the day we like how complete a player Eric Weddle is and would be foolish to say that anyone other than Byrd is the best pure cover safety in the league right now.