During yesterday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, Ryan Mathews appeared to injure his knee on a play where he and quarterback Philip Rivers couldn't execute a hand off. Initial reports were that Mathews would require an MRI to determine the damage. Fans and media alike were not optimistic with some wondering if we had just seen Mathews take his last snap as a San Diego Charger. Fortunately, that does not look to be the case at this point in time as Ian Rappoport reports:
Bad news for #Chargers RB Ryan Mathews. Post-MRI, source tells me his MCL sprain could keep him out 4-5 weeks. He hopes for sooner.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2014
Four to five weeks without the team's best running back isn't ideal, but it is better than losing him for the season, and it couldn't come at a better time. The Chargers are about to hit the relative soft portion of their schedule starting on the road against the Buffalo Bills this coming Sunday. The team should be able to have success without Mathews during this next month and a half, and they'll benefit from having a player of his caliber running with fresh legs in the second half of the season.