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Chargers Expect Mathews To Play Sunday Vs Chiefs

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Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers is tackled by defensive end Jason Hunter #93 of the Oakland Raiders in the second half at Qualcomm Stadium on December 22, 2013 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 26-13. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers is tackled by defensive end Jason Hunter #93 of the Oakland Raiders in the second half at Qualcomm Stadium on December 22, 2013 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 26-13. (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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   SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers rookie coach Mike McCoy says he expects running back Ryan Mathews to play against the Kansas City Chiefs despite missing practice Wednesday because of an injured left ankle.

Mathews wore a walking boot to protect his ankle. He has played in all 15 games despite leaving one game with a concussion and two others with a hamstring injury.

Says Mathews: “There’s a big difference between being injured and being hurt. I’m just trying to work hard and be there for my teammates, and that’s all that matters.”

For Mathews, drafted 12th overall in 2010, it would be his first season without missing a game. He has rushed for a career-high 1,111 yards in helping the Chargers (8-7) stay in playoff contention.

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