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Injuries Playing Major Role

RB Ryan Mathews (Jake Roth/U.S. Presswire)

The games don't count yet, but the mounting injuries pecking away at San Diego's roster are very real. The offense is feeling most of the pain -- a good thing, because there is more depth on that side of the ball -- but the defense has not been immune. Here is a look at the key injuries and how they will impact the Bolts early in the season.

RB Ryan Mathews (Broken Clavicle) Mathews insists he can be ready to play in time for Week 1 in Oakland, but the smart money says he will miss at least one game. As much as the offense needs him to revive a rushing attack that ranks dead last after three preseason games, there is no sense rushing back a player with such an injury-ladden history. The Chargers will struggle to run the ball... Recommended Stories

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