Ryan Mathews underwent a procedure to cauterize his nose on Tuesday that the Chargers believe will stop the recurring nose bleeds he has experienced for years.
The procedure comes after a short run near the goal line Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys in which Mathews was hit and had his helmet rise up and hit his nose. His nose began bleeding, and he left the game for that series and was out most of the next.
"I have always had a little problem with nose bleeds," Mathew said after missing Tuesday's practice. "(The procedure was) just to get rid of it, so it wouldn’t happen in a game, so I wouldn’t have to be taken out."
Mathews is expected back in practice Wednesday and to play Friday at New Orleans.