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Mathews Shows Progress in Recovery
Ryan Mathews took a major step forward in his rehab from a broken clavicle today as he participated in the individual portion of practice. Still, there is a long way to go before number 24 suits up on game day, but it was a positive sign nonetheless.
“(The doctors) let me come out here and do individual today after hassling them for a week,” he said. “They feel confident in me and they see the progress I’ve been putting in on the other field during my rehab and everything, so it feels good.”
Out there with his teammates for the first time in nearly a month, he took part in non-contact drills and caught balls out of the backfield. Afterwards, he reported that he felt no pain and had full range of motion in his arm. Mathews attributed his relatively quick return to the field on maintaining a positive outlook throughout the ordeal.
“You have to be confident about it,” he explained. “If you are sulking around and feel sorry for yourself, everything takes longer. So you have to have the mindset that you are going to be back as soon as possible. It makes everything go a lot faster.”
While it is still uncertain if he will make a full recovery in time to play in Monday night’s season opener in Oakland, Mathews is taking it one step at a time and is hopeful he will be ready.
“I’m very hopeful (that I can play this week). We’ve got a whole week left to go so we’re going to see how everything goes…I’m taking it day-by-day and hopefully everything goes as planned and I’m out there Monday night”
If not, head coach Norv Turner indicated the rushing duties will be handled by a committee of veterans headlined by Ronnie Brown and Le’Ron McClain.