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

field.

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

five-day span.

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’

knee injury.

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’

20-yard line.

”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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