Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers’ RB Mathews missed Wednesday practice

San Diego Chargers’ running back Ryan Mathews missed practice Wednesday, but all signs point to the absence as simply precautionary, according to reports.

Mathews has been somewhat hobbled by an ankle injury, although it didn’t stop him from rushing for a career-high 144 yards Sunday in the Chargers’ playoff-clinching 27-24 overtime victory against the Kansas City Chiefs.

According to Michael Gelkin at the San Diego Union-Tribune, Mathews was in a walking boot much like last week when he missed Wednesday and Thursday practices.

Mathews set career-highs in rushing yards (1255) and rushing attempts (285) this season while helping lead San Diego to a 9-7 record and a playoff berth with the 6th and final seed out of the AFC.

The Chargers travel to the Cincinnati Bengals for a 1:05 p.m. ET game this Sunday.  The Bengals ranked 5th in the NFL against the run in 2013, giving up just 96.5 yards per contest.

San Diego and Cincinnati faced off on December 1st in a 17-10 win for the Bengals.  Mathews rushed 14 times in that game for 61 yards.

Cincinnati also ranks 5th against the pass, giving up 209 yards per game.  It will undoubtedly take an all-around team effort and optimum health from the Chargers to crack the Bengals’ stout defense.

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