Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 11/27/14 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.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 11/18/14 12:19am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (rib) is not receiving treatment on the rib injury he suffered in Week 11, according to head coach Mike McCoy.
Huddle Up: An MVP candidate and sure-fire every-week fantasy starter only a month ago, Rivers has thrown for a combined 338 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions over the last 2 games and all the injury reports have Bolt fans and fantasy GMs really wondering about the QB's health.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 11/17/14 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.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 11/16/14 11:46pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (ribs) suffered a rib injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 11 game against the Oakland Raiders. TE Antonio Gates said Sunday, Nov. 16, Rivers has been playing with a severe rib injury, but 'he's been toughing it out these last three or four weeks.' Rivers downplayed the situation, and said he is no more banged up than any other quarterback in the league.
Huddle Up: Rivers' play has declined after a torrid start to the season. The injury to his ribs could be a reason why. Rivers will be evaluated again on Monday. Rivers and the Chargers face a Rams defense Sunday that has been red hot of late.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 11/11/14 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.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 11/6/14 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.
Branden Oliver - RBPosted 11/4/14 7:37pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver recently acknowledged the team's lack of success on the ground this year. Oliver said the team needs to stick together and keep playing with each other. The Chargers are currently one of four teams averaging fewer than 90 rushing yards per game.
Huddle Up: After back-to-back 100-yard games in Weeks 5 & 6, Oliver has cooled considerably, rushing for only 122 yards and no TDs on 41 carries over the last 3 games. Expect him to revert to a supplementary role with Ryan Mathews' expected return in Week 11.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 10/31/14 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.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 10/30/14 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.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 10/30/14 7:37pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) practiced fully Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: After 2 straight full-practice workloads, Brown definitely looks as if he'll return Sunday after a three-game absence. Brown, though, will likely fall into the No. 2 role, spelling starter Branden Oliver.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 10/29/14 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.
Malcom Floyd - WRPosted 10/24/14 12:29am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (shoulder) went to the locker room in the second half of the team's game Thursday, Oct. 23, with a shoulder injury but later returned.
Huddle Up: Floyd came back after going to the lockerroom and finished a fairly typical stat line, catching 4 of his 7 targets for 58 yards to finish second on the squad in yardage.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 10/24/14 1:02am ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates caught 5 passes for 54 yards and 2 TDs Thursday, Oct. 23 in a 35-21 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: The ageless Gates had his third multi-TD game of the season and pulled into a tie with Julius Thomas for the league lead with 9 TDs on the season. Six of his scoring catches have come in the last 4 games.
Antonio Gates - TEPosted 10/24/14 10:57am ET
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates became the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards, passing WR Lance Alworth, at 9,585 yards Thursday, Oct. 23.
Huddle Up: Impressive statistical milestone for Gates; even more impressive that he's surpassed one of the great wideouts in football history. This is just the latest in Gates' throwback season, one final year among the elite fantasy tight ends.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 10/24/14 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.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 10/22/14 4:16pm ET
San Diego Chargers RBs Donald Brown (concussion) and Ryan Mathewws (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, and has been ruled out for the team's Week 8 game.
Huddle Up: As fully expected, there will be a third straight start for undrafted rookie Branden Oliver, who's averaged 128 total yards a game and has scored a trio of TDs over the last 3 contests.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 10/21/14 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.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 10/21/14 6:20pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 21, and is not expected to play Thursday, Oct. 23, against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: With Brown expected to miss a third straight game and Ryan Mathews still out, it'll be Branden Oliver and a little of bit of Ronnie Brown shouldering the RB chores again in Week 8.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 10/20/14 8:31pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) would not have participated in practice Monday, Oct. 20, had the team worked out.
Huddle Up: Brown already has missed the last 2 games so it's not out of reason that the Bolts could have held him out Sunday to save him for the short week and Thursday's game in Denver, but he's likely going to have to get on the practice field in the next couple days for that to happen.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 10/16/14 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.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 10/16/14 6:40pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) missed practice again Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: There's still hope, but it's starting to look very much as if Brown's concussion is going to cost him another game, leaving the RB chores in the hands of Darren Oilver and Ronnie Brown.
Eddie Royal - WRPosted 10/15/14 6:17pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (elbow) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: Royal's Week 6 was cut short by the injury, but there shouldn't be any lingering issues heading into Sunday's game against K.C.
Eddie Royal - WRPosted 10/14/14 3:59pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal's (rib) injury isn't considered serious, according to a source. Royal could miss little, if any, time.
Huddle Up: Royal ranks second on the team with 5 TD catches and ranks third in both targets (34) and receptions (22). See what he can do in practice this week.
Eddie Royal - WRPosted 10/13/14 10:35am ET
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (rib) left the Week 6 game against the Oakland Raiders due to a rib injury, and his return is questionable.
Huddle Up: Royal has been a solid complementary receiver for the Chargers, but it's not as if his potential absence will blow up either San Diego's or Royal's fantasy owners' plans. Would Royal be sidelined it would mean more looks for Malcom Floyd, and maybe even help Keenan Allen emerge from his sophomore slump.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 10/9/14 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.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 10/9/14 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.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 10/6/14 10:36am ET
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver will likely have a week or two with the backfield mostly to himself after RB Donald Brown (concussion) suffered a concussion in Week 5. Oliver rushed 19 times for 114 yards and a touchdown Sunday, Oct. 5, and caught four passes for 68 yards and another score.
Huddle Up: The Chargers will be without their top three backs, and Oliver was impressive enough Sunday to warrant serious fantasy consideration going forward--both now, with Brown and Ryan Mathews out, and once they return to health.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 10/6/14 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.
Dwight Freeney - LBPosted 10/2/14 2:16pm ET
San Diego Chargers DE Dwight Freeney is dealing with a knee ailment this week, but it is tentatively not expected to keep him from playing in the Week 5 game against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: More bad news for struggling QB Geno Smith and the Jets as it looks like the Bolts will have their sack leader available Sunday.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 9/30/14 7:23pm ET
The San Diego Chargers ran just 20 times for 42 yards in Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars for a measly 2.1 yards per carry. After four games this year, they are the second-worst running team in the league, and they host the New York Jets, the stingiest run defense, in Week 5. 'The big thing is the running game. It's nowhere where it needs to be,' head coach Mike McCoy said. 'There's no excuses about it. We're not running it well enough. We're not blocking well enough. Whatever we're running isn't working. We've got to figure out as coaches and players how to get it done.' RB Ryan Mathews (knee) is out indefinitely and RB Danny Woodhead (leg) is out for the season.
Huddle Up: Lead back Donald Brown carried 10 times for only 19 yards last Sunday and now has an even 100 yards on 50 rushes while still looking for his first TD. With only 2 teams on bye this week, you hopefully have enough options to leave Brown on your bench this week and wait for a better matchup.
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