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Ryan Mathews | RB | San Diego Chargers
Posted: 3/12/2015 8:08pm et
Free-agent RB Ryan Mathews (Chargers) signed a three-year, $11.5 million deal Thursday, March 12 with the Philadelphia Eagles despite the team also agreeing on a deal with fellow FA DeMarco Murray.
Huddle Up: After five up-and-down seasons in San Diego, Mathews was all set to become the new lead back in Chip Kelly's offense until the team ponied up to add the 2014 NFL rushing leader. That knocks Mathews down to backup value, but he's a solid handcuff given Murray's own injury track record -- particularly coming off a 449-touch season.

Posted: 3/11/2015 3:34pm et
Free-agent RB Ryan Mathews (Chargers) has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles on a three-year, $11.5 million deal Wednesday, March 11, according to a source. The deal includes $5 million in guarantees.
Huddle Up: If the notoriously fragile Mathews is able to stay healthy in Philly he has tremendous fantasy upside. However, Philly is still reportedly pursuing DeMarco Murray so Mathews' fantasy value remains unsettled.

Posted: 3/11/2015 10:02am et
Free-agent RB Ryan Mathews (Chargers) will visit the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday, March 11.
Huddle Up: An intriguing development, as Chip Kelly's offense does require a talented back. Mathews' receiving numbers would drop with Darren Sproles as the pass-catching back, and he does have durability issues, but if he were to stay healthy in LeSean McCoy's former role he'd be a fantasy rock star.

Posted: 2/22/2015 5:33pm et
San Diego Chargers impending free-agent RB Ryan Mathews' reps are scheduled to meet with the Chargers at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: Mathews is facing a tough market after rushing for a career-low 330 yards in eight games due to injuries -- and that's on top of the glut of free-agent backs and the well-stocked 2015 RB draft class.

Posted: 12/26/2014 6:54pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) missed practice again Friday, Dec. 26 and has been ruled out of the Week 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Mathews will miss a third straight game, leaving the Sunday RB chores to rookie Branden Oliver and Donald Brown -- likely in order of usage.

Posted: 12/24/2014 1:13am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: The Chargers are hopeful of getting Mathews back after a two-game absence, but even if he does, he's going to be tough to trust as a championship-week fantasy starter.

Posted: 12/22/2014 8:00pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) and WR Keenan Allen (shoulder, ankle) could return to the lineup for Week 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to head coach Mike McCoy. Mathews has missed the last two games with a severe ankle sprain, and he hasn't practiced at all since his injury.
Huddle Up: Mathews would seem to be a much better bet to play than Allen and his broken collarbone but check the practice status of both players throughout the week.

Posted: 12/19/2014 6:35pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) and WR Keenan Allen (shoulder, ankle) have been ruled out for Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: As expected neither Mathews or Allen will play, but there is no one clear fantasy benefactor at either position.

Posted: 12/18/2014 5:51pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Mathews is still unable to get on the field so expect a second straight inactive designation Saturday night when the Bolts visit the Niners.

Posted: 12/17/2014 4:38pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: Mathrews has missed both of the Bolts' practices so far this week, and it's very much starting to look like he'll miss a second straight game. With the Chargers playing on Saturday, though, Thursday's practice will be the most important of the week, so see if Mathews is able to get on the field.

Posted: 12/16/2014 3:55pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Huddle Up: Mathews sat out Week 15 and will have turn things around quickly on a short week with the Bolts playing Saturday.

Posted: 12/12/2014 2:32pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is not participating in practice Friday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Mathews has not practiced all week and now has to be considered a longshot to play Sunday. Donald Brown and Darren Oliver -- likely in that pecking order -- figure to handle the RB workload if Mathews is out against the Broncos.

Posted: 12/11/2014 11:23pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 11.
Huddle Up: Mathews was out a second straight day, but we'll a know a lot more about his Sunday status after seeing how things go Friday. If it turns out he can't go Sunday, Donald Brown and Darren Oliver would shoulder the RB duties.

Posted: 12/10/2014 6:20pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Huddle Up: It is the first workout of the week but definitely something to keep an eye on as we get closer to Sunday.

Posted: 11/27/2014 5:55pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: The shoulder injury Mathews suffered Sunday doesn't look like it'll be an issue at all as the RB was a full-practice participant for the second straight day. Be more concerned about the looming matchup against the rugged Ravens' run defense.

Posted: 11/17/2014 10:09am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) had his knee wrapped after the Week 11 game against the Oakland Raiders, but he appeared to be dealing with normal soreness. 'I feel great,' Mathews said Sunday, Nov. 16.
Huddle Up: Injuries are always a concern for Mathews, but this doesn't appear to be anything substantial. Mathews just returned from an extended injury absence, so there are likely to be some pains associated with a return to action.

Posted: 11/11/2014 11:43pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) will be ready to go once he takes the field again. Head coach Mike McCoy said he's confident Mathews will be successful when he returns from a 9-week hiatus due to a nagging knee injury.
Huddle Up: Mathews figures to return as the Bolts' lead back, but expect to see plenty of Branden Oliver and/or Donald Brown mixed in, especially in Mathews' first few games back after his 2-month absence.

Posted: 11/6/2014 6:44pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 5, and is expected to play in Week 11.
Huddle Up: The Bolts' bye this week should provide Mathews with the final push to get back in the lineup, where he'll resume his role as the team's lead back.

Posted: 10/31/2014 5:36pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 31, and has been ruled out for the team's Week 9 game. Mathews is running again in practice. "Being able to run again is encouraging," Mathews said. "That's a big step. I'm very encouraged. The trainers are doing a great job and I'm just following their plan. Every time they put me through something I'm just trying to do my best."
Huddle Up: Mathews, who hasn't played since Week 2, will get an extra 2 weeks of recovery time with the Bolts on bye in Week 10.

Posted: 10/30/2014 10:26am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) is likely to sit out of the Week 9 game and return after the Week 10 bye.
Huddle Up: No surprise here; Branden Oliver will continue to shoulder the load for the Chargers.

Posted: 10/29/2014 6:45pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Huddle Up: Even the extra days of rest don't look like they're going to help Mathews avoid a seventh straight missed game, barring a rapid reversal of fortune over the next few days. Meanwhile, Donald Brown was back Wednesday as a full-practice participant and looks to be on track to play in Week 9 after a three-game concussion absence. In any case, Branden Oliver figures to remain the starter Sunday and receive the majority of touches.

Posted: 10/24/2014 10:04pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) missed his sixth consecutive game in Week 8 Thursday, Oct. 23, against the Denver Broncos, but he could return to practice as early as Monday, Oct. 27. However, Mathews is nearing a return and unlikely to miss more than one additional game, if that. Mathews worked out before the game Thursday, and his right knee was stable and he appeared conditioned.
Huddle Up: Mathews is nearing a return and will resume his place atop the Chargers depth chart, with Branden Oliver taking over Danny Woodhead's role as the pass catching back. Mathews will be a RB2 once he's back in the lineup.

Posted: 10/21/2014 6:20pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 21, and is not expected to play Thursday, Oct. 23, against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: A much more likely return date for Mathews is Week 9 as the Chargers will have 10 days after Thursday's night contest to prepare for their Nov. 2 game in Miami.

Posted: 10/16/2014 9:58am et
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) continues to rehab from a Sept. 14 injury to his right knee, but he will not play in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs, and it might not be Week 8 against the Denver Broncos in a game Thursday, Oct. 23.
Huddle Up: With the Chargers playing on a short week following this weekend's action it wouldn't be at all surprising to see Mathews miss at least the next two contests. Besides, Branden Oliver is doing just fine, thank you.

Posted: 10/9/2014 5:56pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) has not started running since he suffered his medial collateral ligament injury in Week 2. There is still a chance Mathews is able to return before the end of the month.
Huddle Up: Mathews hasn't played since Week 2, and while they'd like to have him back for the Oct. 23 showdown against the Broncos, they're not going to rush him back if Branden Oliver can show Sunday that his Week 5 breakout (182 total yards, 2 TDs) was no flash in the pan.

Posted: 10/9/2014 12:07am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: Mathews isn't expected to play this week. That would leave Branden Oliver as a RB2/flex play option against the Raiders. Donald Brown is recovering from a concussion but Oliver will see more touches than him this week. Brown has 107 yards on 50 carries since Mathews was injured.

Posted: 10/6/2014 10:36am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) is likely out another two weeks with a sprained knee.
Huddle Up: The Chargers might be tempted to rush Mathews back if Branden Oliver hadn't played so well last weekend, what with both Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown sidelined. Instead... hey, Ryan, take your time.

Posted: 9/15/2014 1:27pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to a source. Mathews could miss four to five weeks, although he's hoping to return before that.
Huddle Up: Donald Brown will replace Mathews and he should see roughly 15 touches a game. Brown is a high-priority waiver wire addition this week.

Posted: 9/14/2014 8:14pm et
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) is scheduled to undergo an MRI for his injured knee, according to a source. There is concern he might have a sprained medial collateral ligament.
Huddle Up: Mathews was carted off in the third quarter and the injury didn't look good. Donald Brown would see an expanded role if Mathews is out long-term. Brown will be a top waiver wire pickup this week.

Posted: 6/18/2014 11:32am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews showed quick cuts and bursts while running at minicamp Tuesday, June 17. He also appears to have added muscle in the offseason, and he's weighing 222 pounds, which is up seven pounds from last August.
Huddle Up: Mathews was an underappreciated fantasy contributor last season after a couple years of disappointing his owners. Expectations haven't been raised too high, and if Mathews' additional bulk allows him to stay on the field he'll be a value fantasy contributor again this year.

Posted: 5/28/2014 12:29am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was not present at organized team activities Tuesday, May 27, so RBs Danny Woodhead, Donald Brown and Branden Oliver took handoffs and caught passes instead.
Huddle Up: Don't get too excited as this wasn't a mandatory practice. Chargers coach Mike McCoy certainly isn't, even though he refused to say why the starting RB didn't show.