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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  • arnie

    First. Props to RM24 for shaking the bust/fragile label, breaking his career high rushing record and playing through injury.
    Second. The Chargers had Ronnie Brown and Leron McClain. There was no reason RM24 should been on the field. Whether Brown still has anything left in the tank, he was healthy and bigger option than Woodhead up the middle.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Man, I have so much respect for Ryan. Anyone that plays through a high-ankle sprain, especially any running back (!!), deserves props. This guy is a stud that takes teamwork seriously. The NFL needs more guys like him. Congratulations to him for a career year and proving that he is a loyal, hard working player that needs to stay on this team for a long time.

  • 1961 Fan

    If you don’t practice you don’t play. The coaches should have never planned on Mathews playing. The mistake was made, and it had a great impact on the final outcome. This was a major blunder on the Head Coaches part.