SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers rookie coach Mike McCoy refused Monday to divulge any information about Ryan Mathews' injured left ankle but said he expects the running back to play in Sunday's regular-season finale against Kansas City.
Mathews, who's having a career year, had a bandage on his left ankle after Sunday's 26-13 victory against Oakland that helped keep alive San Diego's long-shot playoff hopes. Mathews left the stadium wearing a protective boot.
"I'll give you an update as the week goes along," McCoy said when asked how serious Mathews' injury is.
Asked specifically what the injury is, McCoy said: "Like I said before, I'll give you an update as the week goes along."
Mathews ran for 99 yards and a touchdown Sunday, pushing his season total to a career-best 1,111 yards. He limped to the locker room in the fourth quarter but later had a brief return to the field.
Mathews fell 1 yard short of his third straight 100-yard game and sixth overall this season. While he was once known for fumbling and being somewhat fragile, Mathews has been strong this season. Earlier this month, he carried a combined 58 times for 230 yards in victories against the New York Giants and Denver Broncos in a five-day span.
McCoy did say he expects everyone to be healthy Sunday, except for tight end John Phillips, who was placed on injured reserve Monday with a knee injury.
Does that include Mathews?
"Like I told you, I'll give you an update as the week goes along. But I expect him to play," the coach said.