| Ryan Mathews not practicing Thursday -- Thu Dec 18 12:39 pm --|
|Ryan Mathews (ankle) again not practicing. Remains to be seen if he's back this regular season. Wasn't close to playing last Sunday. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It sounds like Mathews will miss Week 16 leaving Branden Oliver and Donald Brown to carry the workload. Neither will be fantasy options against a good San Francisco run defense.
| QB Philip Rivers doesn't practice Wednesday -- Wed Dec 17 7:16 pm --|
Mathews remains out with ankle injury
|SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers didn't practice Wednesday, although he participated in a morning walkthrough and said he expects to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night when the Chargers try to keep alive their playoff hopes.
"At this point in the week I have no doubt" about playing against the 49ers, Rivers said. The quarterback is listed as having chest and back injuries, although the team hasn't said what the specific injuries are. Also Wednesday, running back Ryan Mathews missed another day of practice.
FF Today's Take: Fantasy owners should not be too worried about Rivers' playing status this weekend. The Chargers are facing a team that may not come to play too hard in San Francisco, however they will be without WR Keenan Allen (neck, ankle) and Ryan Mathews (ankle) doesn't look promising either.
| Ryan Mathews misses another practice Thursday -- Thu Dec 11 3:15 pm --|
Right ankle injury
|Chargers RB Ryan Mathews not practicing today. Yet to this week after right ankle injury Sunday. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The link provides footage of how the injury happened; suffice it to say Mathews faces long odds of playing this week with any kind of effectiveness if he is somehow cleared in time. Making matters worse, Mathews' long injury history and the opponent this week (the Denver Broncos) are also working against him. Donald Brown has overtaken Branden Oliver in recent weeks, but the two would likely share touches if Mathews is forced to sit out.
| RB Ryan Mathews practices for Bolts -- Wed Nov 26 3:56 pm --|
Running back not expected to miss time
|Wednesday brought confirmation to every indication Sunday.
A shoulder injury is not expected to force Ryan Mathews to miss time.
The Chargers running back was sidelined for much of the second half against the Rams due to the third-quarter ailment, suffered when tackle D.J. Fluker and linebacker Alec Ogletree fell on top of him, about 600 pounds of body weight pushing his left shoulder into the ground. Mathews returned late in the fourth quarter.
(San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Mathews (shoulder) was effective last week despite netting only twelve carries. However, he faces a stiffer test against a Ravens rush defense that ranks 5th in the league. Barring setbacks in practice, Mathews should see enough touches to be a useful RB3 or flex option for week 13.
| Ryan Mathews practices Wednesday -- Wed Nov 12 3:05 pm --|
Expected to start Sunday
|There was outside linebacker Melvin Ingram. There was inside linebacker Manti Te'o. There were running back Ryan Mathews and outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu.
Four Chargers who've missed a combined 25 games this season practiced Wednesday. Mathews is expected to start Sunday. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: All systems go for Mathews who has missed seven games with a sprained MCL, should take over the starting role on Sunday. Branden Oliver will serve as the backup.
| Donald Brown returns to practice -- Wed Oct 29 6:09 pm --|
Missed three games due to concussion
|SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Chargers running back Donald Brown has been cleared to return to practice after missing three games with a concussion.
Brown practiced Wednesday for the first time since being injured in a victory against the New York Jets on Oct. 5. Running back Ryan Mathews continues to rehab his right knee, which he injured in a victory against Seattle in Week 2. "I don't think Ryan is too far away," quarterback Philip Rivers said.
FF Today's Take: The Chargers backfield has been decimated by injury where Brandon Oliver has stepped up nicely for fantasy owners. However, Donald Brown's return and a tough matchup with the Dolphins figures to limit Oliver's upside this week. Likewise, Brown's fantasy upside remains limited with the impending return of Ryan Mathews (knee) looming.
| Ryan Mathews has yet to resume running -- Thu Oct 16 4:30 pm --|
Branden Oliver could remain starter through Week 10 bye
|Ryan Mathews (MCL sprain) knelt over at his locker Wednesday. He slipped into running shoes. He wore gray, light-material pants fit for running. Almost time?
"When (the training staff) thinks it's time for me to start running, then it's time to start running. It's all in their hands," Mathews said.
Mathews continues to rehab from a Sept. 14 right knee injury and his return won't be Sunday versus the Chiefs. The next game comes the following Thursday in Denver. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Next week's short turnaround pretty much locks in Branden Oliver as the main back through at least Week 8. At that point, San Diego could easily decide to give Mathews two more weeks in order to be completely ready for Week 11 if Oliver continues to perform well. However, owners should bear in mind the Chargers prefer a committee attack, so expect Mathews and Oliver (if not also Donald Brown) to split carries once everyone is healthy.
| Ryan Mathews likely out 1-2 more weeks -- Mon Oct 6 4:55 pm --|
Branden Oliver explodes for 182 total yards in Week 5 win
|Already down Ryan Mathews (out probably at least another week and more likely two with a knee sprain) and Danny Woodhead (lost for the season to a fractured leg), the Chargers had to rely on Branden Oliver on Sunday after Donald Brown suffered a concussion.
Oliver’s 182 total yards were most by a Chargers running back since a guy known by two letters was the Chargers’ face and the league’s biggest force. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: There isn't much question (yet) that Mathews will return as the starter when healthy, but Oliver should have solidified Danny Woodhead's old complementary-back role with his dominant all-around performance against the league's stingiest run defense in Week 5. Oliver stands a great chance of being San Diego's featured back in Week 6 against Oakland and potentially Week 7 versus Kansas City.
| Woodhead out for the season -- Mon Sep 22 4:30 pm --|
Needs surgery on fractured fibula
|The Chargers lost RB Danny Woodhead early in their Week 3 victory over the Bills and it may be some time before they get him back on the field. San Diego announced that Woodhead, who left the game on crutches, suffered a right ankle injury that caused him to be carted off the field. It looks like it is more than your garden variety ankle injury, however.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Woodhead suffered both a severe high ankle sprain and a fractured fibula. He’s expected to have surgery that will bring his season to an end. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken tweeted the news that Woodhead would be lost for the season. It likely locks Donald Brown into a Woodhead-like role when Ryan Mathews returns and probably ensures that Branden Oliver - dubbed "Baby Sproles" by some in the preseason - will see an increase in snaps.