Doctor: Chargers RB Ryan Mathews could miss 8 weeks


Doctor: Chargers RB Ryan Mathews could miss 8 weeks

Dr. Neil Ghodadra is not personally involved in the Ryan Mathews @rmathews24 injury situation, but as an orthopedic surgeon and former team doctor for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls, you figure his opinion on the topic is worth something. And his opinion isn't rosy for fantasy owners.
Ghodadra said during an interview Thursday that Mathews has the type of injury that requires a minimum six weeks of healing, and most NFL players need eight weeks to come back from a fractured clavicle.
"It takes six weeks for the bone to heal," Ghodadra said. "Even after you fix it with the clavicle plate and screws, the bone still has to heal, so you are looking at six weeks for that at minimum. ... So I'm putting him back at least minimum six weeks, probably closer to eight. Studies have shown that 8.8 weeks is how long it takes for NFL players to get back from clavicle fractures."

Fantasy Analysis:

The Chargers are working off a four-to-six-week timetable. Mathews wants to be on the field for week one (Of course he does). If Dr. Ghodadra's timetable is correct, Mathews would not return until October. And that would mean Mathews should fall even further than the second round of your draft.
You could take this as just a third-party estimate from someone not close to the situation. Or you could take it as the honest opinion from a very qualified individual who has no reason to be covert -- unlike the Chargers' organization. I'll just say that there are about 15 or so RBs I would rather draft than Mathews right now.


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3 Comments | Add Yours

who are the 15?

Posted by:
majic2828 08/16/12 07:29 PM

Gotta love doctor's that give advice when they haven't even seen a patient. Marques Colston broke his clavicle last year and was back in 3 weeks.

Posted by:
shaunmood 08/17/12 12:24 PM

@majic2828: I'm glad you asked. And this is under the assumption that Mathews is out for six weeks and thus, misses the season's first couple of games.

Foster, Rice, McCoy, C. Johnson, McFadden, Forte, Charles, Jones-Drew, Murray. S. Jackson, Lynch (if he's not suspended), T. Richardson.

So 12 RBs. Forgive me. Turner and Bradshaw are close calls, but I'd still take Mathews over them. And again, this is if he is out for six weeks, which is the back end of the team's recovery timetable. You may not agree with those last few choices -- I am not a fan of Lynch at all -- but I don't think you can say Mathews will be able to outscore those guys in a 16-game season with just 14 games at most. And judging from his first two years in the league, we have to suspect that he's going to miss more games than that. He has way too much risk for me to take him in the first two rounds.

@shaunmood: Good point. It's a qualified opinion, but without any specific knowledge of the case, it's hard to put a lot of stock into what the doctor says.

Posted by:
Brian Murphy 08/17/12 02:39 PM

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