Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) is tackled by Denver Broncos defensive end Jeremy Mincey (57) in the first quarter during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews played through high ankle sprain

The San Diego Chargers were eliminated from the NFL Playoffs over the weekend, when they were upended in the divisional round of the postseason thanks to a loss to the divisional rival Denver Broncos.

During the team’s playoff run, running back Ryan Mathews was very limited in action due to an ankle injury.

As it turns out, Mathews’ injury was much more severe than anyone initially knew.

According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Mathews was playing through a high ankle sprain.

Mathews didn’t practice in the week leading up to the match up with the Broncos and he ended up only carrying the ball five times for 26 yards. In the week prior, Mathews had just 65 total yards.

It is certainly an impressive display of toughness to play through an injury that can generally force players to miss multiple weeks, especially when your position requires so much agility and movement.

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