For the 2010 National Football League (NFL) draft, Ryan Mathews was drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the 12th overall pick. He has signed a five-year, $26.65 million contract including the $15 million guaranteed with the Chargers on August 1, 2010.
On Sunday 19 September, 2010, Chargers rookie running back Ryan Mathews was helped off the field during the first half against the Jaguars. According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, Ryan Mathews’ ankle injury is not believed to be significant. He reported that “Mathews has a chance to play in Week 3. Though he did not return to Sunday’s game after the injury, Mathews’ X-rays checked out OK, and he could’ve gone back in had the Chargers needed him. Mike Tolbert was playing awfully well, however, and the Jaguars were beating themselves.”
Before he was carted off the field, the trainers looked at his right foot/ankle on the sideline and returned him to the sideline in the second quarter and did not return to action as the game was well in hand. He said to the San Diego Union-Tribune that “Everything is (fine). I feel like I could have gone (returned), but the coaches didn’t want to risk anything.” His X-rays reported negative result and Mathews said that “he wanted to go back in to play, but Coach Norv Turner said he wasn’t comfortable having the rookie return.”
Before leaving the game, Mathews had five carries for 26 yards and two receptions for 29 yards. In the first quarter, he had fumbled on Sunday. He has also admitted his second quarter fumble again he Chiefs disrupted his focus in Week 1. At the end of a three-yard run in the first quarter of Sunday, he sprained his right ankle and didn’t return. He won 38-13 over Jacksonville.
When Jaguars linebacker Kirk Morrison landed on his legs, he was being tackled. coach Norv Turner said “Whether he could’ve or couldn’t have returned, I wasn’t comfortable having him return,” added further “Depending on the severity of it, I don’t want an injury that might be a one-week injury turn into a six-week injury.”