Well, maybe he secretly did after all.
According to Michael Gehlken of UT-San Diego, Mathews had a checkup yesterday with his doctor to evaluate how his broken clavicle is healing.
Apparently, it went well.
“It’s right where I thought it would be. In two weeks, a bone is not going to be completely healed,” Mathews told the UT-San Diego. “But knowing my body, I think it’s going right where it’s supposed to be and it’s going faster than normal.”
Although it’s nice that Mathews wants to get back as soon as possible, the team would be wise to take a cautious approach with him. After all, the Chargers are poster children for the adage that it’s not where you start; it’s where you end up.
In other words, they need Mathews at the end of the season and for the majority of it; rushing him back too soon could put that all in jeopardy. That being said, I expect that even if Mathews is cleared for the season opener, the Chargers will end up playing it safe.
They’ll either not play him at all, or have him on the NFL equivalent of a pitch count.
Dr. Mathews is hoping for the latter.