Schefter: Mathews likely not to play at Oakland

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on “SportsCenter" on Tuesday that the San Diego Chargers are not expecting running back Ryan Mathews to play Monday night at Oakland on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

Schefter said no final decision has been made. That tact makes sense.

Mathews is surely making progress from a broken clavicle he suffered Aug. 9 on his first carry of the reason. He returned to practice Monday on a limited basis, but he has yet to be cleared for contact. We will see how Mathews -- who said he is hopeful of playing Sunday -- does this week. But at this point, it seems like it will be a long shot.

If Mathews can’t play, the Chargers will use a rotation that includes Ronnie Brown, Le’Ron McClain and Curtis Brinkley against the Raiders.