It's been more than two weeks since Chargers head team doctor David Chao performed surgery on Mathews' right shoulder. Mathews went in Monday for a checkup. He got good news. The running back, already doing leg workouts, was cleared to begin upper-body exercises on his left side. Reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune
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Mathews has consistently expressed confidence he'll be ready for the Sept. 10 season opener, and based what he took from his appointment, nothing derailed that optimism. "It's right where I thought it would be," Mathews said. "In two weeks, a bone is not going to be completely healed. But knowing my body, I think it's going right where it's supposed to be and it's going faster than normal." Mathews said he wasn't told anything about the pace of his recovery as it relates to being back for Week 1. His goal stares straight into the headwind of the team's expectation, which is that he'll miss at least a game or two. "But I feel I'll be ready," Mathews said. "I've been doing everything right. Eating right. Doing what I can. I think I'll be straight." Week 1 sounds optimistic to us, but Mathews is clearly making great progress.