Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/19/14 10:38am ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) looked good throwing the ball in the practice Thursday, Dec. 18, according to head coach Mike McCoy. 'Philip had an outstanding day,' McCoy said. 'A ball did not hit the ground in all the throws he made today. Philip was Philip, so he'll be ready to roll.'
Huddle Up: We've been hearing the "Rivers is hurt" talk for a couple weeks now, but for championship week it appears all systems are go for him to be in the lineup as per usual.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/19/14 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.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/18/14 10:12am ET
Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back) is battling a back injury that is more severe than the team has acknowledged, according to a league source. Rivers' back injury was quietly added to San Diego's injury report last week, to go along with the rib injury he has been battling for weeks. By now, Rivers' rib injuries are improved, making his back injury the significant issue, a league source said.
Huddle Up: Rivers has played through a torn ACL before, so playing through a back injury seems like par for the course for him. However, you have to think such an injury impacts Rivers' effectiveness; so does losing Keenan Allen to a busted collarbone.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/18/14 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.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/17/14 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.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/17/14 6:44pm ET
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back) took part in a walkthrough Wednesday, Dec. 17, but didn't take part in practice, but he fully expects to play in Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers. 'At this point in the week I think there's no doubt,' Rivers said. TE Antonio Gates said Rivers has been dealing with a 'very severe rib injury' in mid-November. Rivers has started 142 straight games, and he thinks sitting out practice this week will help him play this weekend.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Rivers will be out there Saturday night, but his stock is lowered this week given his recent slump and the the loss of top WR Keenan Allen to injury.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/16/14 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.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 12/16/14 3:58pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen suffered a broken collarbone in Week 15 and is not expected to play this week. Surgery is not planned at this point and he is not expected to go on Reserve/Injured.
Huddle Up: An unfortunate end end to Allen's fantasy season and, for all intents and purposes, his season in general, even if the Chargers sneak into the playoffs. In the meantime, WRs Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal see their values creep up for the final two games.
Seyi Ajirotutu - WRPosted 12/16/14 7:25pm ET
San Diego Chargers WR Seyi Ajirotutu played in a season-high 41 offensive snaps out of 66 snaps in Week 15 after WR Keenan Allen (collarbone, ankle) was injured.
Huddle Up: Ajirotutu was targeted 4 times last Sunday and finished with one catch for 17 yards, but Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal figure to absorb the majority of Allen's targets.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/16/14 7:35pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (back, chest) said he's in good health and ready to play against the San Francisco 49ers this week.
Huddle Up: Rivers will be good to go Saturday against the Niners, but it's been a struggle for the QB of late as he's thrown for only 421 yards, two TDs and three interceptions in back-to-back home losses to the Patriots and Broncos. Weigh your starting options carefully.
Keenan Allen - WRPosted 12/14/14 8:50pm ET
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (ankle) was in a protective boot after the Week 15 game against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: We'll know more about Allen's injury Monday but he should be considered questionable for Week 16. The Chargers play the 49ers on Saturday.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/12/14 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.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/11/14 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.
Ryan Mathews - RBPosted 12/10/14 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.
Branden Oliver - RBPosted 12/2/14 4:35pm ET
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver saw just six snaps in Week 13, the least amount of snaps he's had all season.
Huddle Up: Oliver has gone from 13 rushing attempts to 6 to 1 in the 3 games since Ryan Mathews' return. You'd think Oliver would be getting more work than that spelling the oft-injured starter, but until we see otherwise, there's no way you can risk using him.
Philip Rivers - QBPosted 12/2/14 4:43pm ET
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has been good all season long against blitzes, and the same rung true in the team's Week 13 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Rivers was 14-for-16 for 117 yards and two touchdowns against at least five rushers against the Ravens, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He was 12-for-13 for 172 yards and two touchdowns when Baltimore sent at least one defensive back as a pass rusher. Rivers also went 8-for-8 for 156 yards on third down in the game, and no quarterback has a higher completion percentage than him at 67.5 percent this year.
Huddle Up: In rallying the Bolts to a win this past Sunday, Rivers had his first multi-TD-pass game since Week 8 and his first 300-yard game since Week 6. Those who are starting him again this week can hope for an aerial shootout to develop between Rivers and Tom Brady on Sunday night.
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.
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