The 25-year-old Mathews amassed a measly eight yards on three runs and got shelved after taking a knee to the helmet in the second quarter.
Mathews will need to be medically cleared before returning to practice and he’s unlikely to compete next weekend when the Indianapolis Colts visit San Diego.
Taken 11th overall out of Fresno State in 2010, San Diego’s suits banged the pooch and signed Matthews to a five-year pact worth $26.65 million later that summer.
The former Bulldog has carried the ball 67 times for 234 yards this season.
Additionally, Mathews has caught seven pigskins for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Yet to score on the ground and averaging a measly 3.5 yards per rush, Mathews has rarely given “The Bolts” a spark since debuting.
Despite possessing great strength and bulk, the 6-foot, 220 pound Mathews is a human chandelier on the gridiron.
When healthy, Mathews lets blocks develop, hits holes with authority and enlivens the Chargers’ attack.
Granted, football is a collision sport and it’s unfair to criticize any player for sustaining an injury.
Nevertheless, San Diego simply cannot rely on the brittle backfield presence.
Sitting at 2-3 in the brutal AFC West and having not qualified for the playoffs since 2009, San Diego should consider Mathews an afterthought and focus on using dynamic playmaker Danny Woodhead.
Danny Woodhead, and not Ryan Mathews, is the premier runner in “America’s Finest City.”by