McCoy refuses to give info on Mathews’ injury
Chargers rookie coach Mike McCoy refused Monday to divulge any
information about Ryan Mathews’ injured left ankle but said he
expects the running back to play in Sunday’s regular-season finale
against Kansas City.
Mathews, who’s having a career year, had a bandage on his left
ankle after Sunday’s 26-13 victory against Oakland that helped keep
alive San Diego’s long-shot playoff hopes. Mathews left the stadium
wearing a protective boot.
”I’ll give you an update as the week goes along,” McCoy said
when asked how serious Mathews’ injury is.
Asked specifically what the injury is, McCoy said: ”Like I said
before, I’ll give you an update as the week goes along.”
Mathews ran for 99 yards and a touchdown Sunday, pushing his
season total to a career-best 1,111 yards. He limped to the locker
room in the fourth quarter but later had a brief return to the
Mathews fell 1 yard short of his third straight 100-yard game
and sixth overall this season. While he was once known for fumbling
and being somewhat fragile, Mathews has been strong this season.
Earlier this month, he carried a combined 58 times for 230 yards in
victories against the New York Giants and Denver Broncos in a
McCoy did say he expects everyone to be healthy Sunday, except
for tight end John Phillips, who was placed on injured reserve
Monday with a knee injury.
Does that include Mathews?
”Like I told you, I’ll give you an update as the week goes
along. But I expect him to play,” the coach said.
McCoy claimed that he didn’t know all the details of Phillips’
San Diego (8-7) survived Sunday because Miami and Baltimore both
lost. In order to clinch the AFC’s second wild-card spot, the
Chargers must beat Kansas City and have Baltimore and Miami both
lose or both tie. San Diego could also get in with a tie plus
losses by Miami and Baltimore.
The Chargers are trying to end a three-year playoff drought.
”We have a lot of work ahead of us before that time and we have
to beat the Kansas City Chiefs,” McCoy said. ”If we don’t beat
them, we’re not in. That’s our No. 1 concern right now. Win this
game this weekend.”
The Chargers hardly played a perfect game Sunday. They overcame
three first-half turnovers and had to settle for field goals four
times, including three times after getting inside the Raiders’
”We are just trying to score one more point than the other
team,” McCoy said. ”There are always things we can improve on. As
long as we score one more than the opponent a win is a win. There
is no such thing as a bad win in this business.”
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