The Chargers are trying to alter Ryan Mathews' style to keep him healthy.
“He’s a very physical runner,” head coach Norv Turner said. “He initiates collisions a lot, and we can help him in that way and just continuing to get on the boundary and get out of bounds and some of the things when the play’s dead, let it end.”
The irony in Mathews’ current injury is that it is the result of a play in the fourth quarter on Monday in which he did get out of bounds as the Chargers were driving to the tying score. It was a few feet off the sideline that Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston tugged on Mathews’ leg as he went down.
Mathews left the game after the next play and did not return.