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Chargers | Ryan Mathews sees less time in Week 4

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews did not start in the team's Week 4 win, as RB Jackie Battle started the game. Mathews did not play at all in the third quarter, and he had just four carries by the start of the fourth quarter. However, he was featured in the fourth with 10 carries for 60 yards, in addition to an eight-yard reception. Head coach Norv Turner said after the game he has "great trust" in Mathews.

Fantasy Tip: It's clear the team was sending Mathews a message following his costly fumble in Week 3. Despite coming off the bench in Week 4, Mathews finished with a team-high 61 rushing yards. Owners should continue to monitor this situation. If Mathews can protect the football, he will remain the starting back. Battle, however, could see more carries as he was solid in Week 4 with 81 total yards and a pair of scores, in addition to four receptions.

2012-10-01 10:04:18 | Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

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