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Mathews should return to full health

Running back's collarbone fracture will need to heal well before return to contact

Updated: August 10, 2012, 9:04 PM ET
By Stephania Bell | ESPN.com

It didn't take long for the injury hypotheticals surrounding Ryan Mathews to turn into reality. In fact, it took just one carry. In the Chargers' first preseason game, Mathews left the game after being tackled on his first run and did not return. The grim news that Mathews suffered a broken clavicle, or collarbone, came soon afterward. He underwent surgery to repair the fracture Friday, and the team has issued a projected return of four to six weeks.

Broken clavicles are not uncommon ...

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