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Lavelle Hawkins - WR Posted 4/6/14 3:36pm et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a deal with free-agent WR Lavelle Hawkins (Chargers). Some minor language in the contract is still being hashed out.
Huddle Up: Hawkins, who recorded 47 of his 71 career receptions in 2011, gives the Bucs some WR depth but look for the team to target a wideout high in the draft.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 3/20/14 7:47pm et
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said that RB Ryan Mathews remains the team's every-down back despite the signing of RB Donald Brown in free agency. "We know Ryan is our bell cow," Telesco said. "He's our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better."
Huddle Up: Aside from receiving, Mathews is coming off a career season almost across the board, but Brown's presence figures to cut into his workload even if Mathews remains the starter and gets the majority of the carries.

Malcom Floyd - WR Posted 3/2/14 4:55pm et
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd has been cleared by doctors for light weightlifting. Floyd, who is recovering from a neck injury suffered in September, resumed running about a month ago.
Huddle Up: Floyd, who will be 33 by the time the season rolls around in September, has come a long way on the comeback trail but obviously still has some work to do. His best year, though, came in his last full season (2012) when he caught 56 passes for 814 yards and 5 TDs so don't write him off just yet.

Malcom Floyd - WR Posted 2/22/14 9:06pm et
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) is scheduled to meet with a spine specialist in the near future for a checkup. Floyd's status for next season is expected to become clearer in the next few weeks.
Huddle Up: Floyd has battled plenty of injuries, and at this point given the rapid ascent of Keenan Allen he'd be at best a WR2 in San Diego. Even if he's given a clean bill of health for the 2014 season, his fantasy upside is limited.

Danario Alexander - WR Posted 2/19/14 8:21pm et
San Diego Chargers impending free-agent WR Danario Alexander (knee) has needed multiple surgeries on his right knee because of an infection that occurred after he underwent a second surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament. It is not known if Alexander will be able to play in 2014.
Huddle Up: No surprise that the oft-injured Alexander has required extra attention. Even if he does return to action in the near future he has about as big, bright, and bold of an injury red flag as a player could have.

Philip Rivers - QB Posted 2/2/14 4:05pm et
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers was named the 2013 Comeback Player of the Year by The Associated Press Saturday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Rivers certainly was deserving, finding new life under coach Mike McCoy and posting the third-most passing yards (4,478) and second-most passing TDs (32) of his career.

Malcom Floyd - WR Posted 1/16/14 10:38pm et
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd is still dealing with pain in his injured neck but hopes to be able to continue his playing career. Floyd has been told other players have come back from this injury but has also been told the injury could be career-threatening. He is scheduled to meet with a doctor in about a month to get a better idea about his playing future.
Huddle Up: Floyd, who was limited to 2 games and 6 catches due to the injury, will turn 33 in September so he has a few years left if he's able to resume playing.

Keenan Allen - WR Posted 1/14/14 6:38pm et
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen was named 2013 Pro Football Writers of America offensive rookie of the year.
Huddle Up: Allen was one of the late-round or waiver-wire fantasy finds of the season as he set Chargers' rookie records for catches (71) and yards (1,043) while hauling in 8 scoring passes. He followed that up with 8 grabs for 163 yards and 2 scores in the postseason, and will be a high-end WR2 pick in drafts next summer.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 1/12/14 3:00pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is expected to play in the team's divisional round game Sunday, Jan. 12.
Huddle Up: It's looking somewhat promising, but definitely stay tuned as the RB will test his ankle on-field Sunday afternoon before any final status decision is made.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 1/12/14 3:32pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is active for the team's AFC divisional- round playoff game in Denver on Sunday, Jan. 12.
Huddle Up: Mathews will give it a go after leaving last week's wild-card game early and not practicing all week. He had 127 rushing yards and a TD on a career-high 29 carries in the Bolts' Week 15 win in Denver, but there remain questions regarding his workload and effectiveness playing through the obviously nagging injury.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 1/12/14 11:07pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) started Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos but finished with only 5 carries for 26 yards in a 24-17 loss.
Huddle Up: As feared, Mathews was simply too banged up to be effective after not practicing all week and didn't play in the second half. But even though the season ended on a down note for Mathews, he did start every game and finished with a career-high 1,255 rushing yards and 7 total TDs.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 1/11/14 12:55pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) was wearing a brace Friday, Jan. 10, and gingerly left the practice field on his way to the locker room. He did not practice all week and is questionable for the divisional round game against the Denver Broncos. Mathews had just one carry in the second half of the wild card win over the Cincinnati Bengals last week and finished with 13 carries for 52 yards. 'The more rest you get, the better everything gets,' he said. 'It is only a week, so I'm just going to do what I can.' The Chargers expect Mathews to do his best to play this Sunday.
Huddle Up: Mathews is listed as questionable and expected to at least give it a go, but given his situation expect Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown to handle most of the Chargers' backfield workload.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 1/9/14 3:49pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Jan. 9.
Huddle Up: Mathews, who hasn't missed a game all season, insists he'll play Sunday and might have to give it a go after not practicing all week. This appears headed toward a game-day decision.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 1/6/14 11:39am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is hoping to play in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game. He missed most of the second half of the Wild Card playoff game due to the injury.
Huddle Up: Just as Mathews' quietly solid fantasy season was about to push aside memories of previous frustration, he short-changes those who had put any fantasy faith in him. Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown capably filled in against the Bengals and would be asked to do so again in Denver if Mathews' ankle prevents him from playing this weekend.

Eddie Royal - WR Posted 1/5/14 1:00pm et
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) is expected to play in the team's Wild Card game Sunday, Jan. 5.
Huddle Up: As expected, Royal is active once again after sitting out practice all week.

Ken Whisenhunt - OC Posted 1/5/14 2:17pm et
San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is being viewed by the Detroit Lions as their top head coaching candidate. Whisenhunt is also getting interest from the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: Whisenhunt's touch has been an understated factor in the offensive improvement shown by QB Philip Rivers and the Bolts' offense this season, and that could put a talented-but-inconsistent Lions' offense over the top.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 1/5/14 4:57pm et
Ryan Mathews rushed 13 times for 52 yards and added 2 catches for 12 more yards Sunday, Jan. 5 in the San Diego Chargers' 27-10 wild-card playoff win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Huddle Up: Mathews did most of his work in the first half, and actually finished as the Bolts' third leading rusher as Ronnie Brown (8-77, TD) and Danny Woodhead (15-54, TD) handled the bulk of the second-half touches. CBS' Tracy Wolfson reported the Chargers' said Mathews decreased second-half role was a normal part of the the team's RB rotation, but there is ample speculation that Mathews may have re- aggravated his lingering ankle injury.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 1/5/14 10:51pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) emerged from the locker room after the AFC Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Jan. 5, wearing a protective walking boot on his left foot.
Huddle Up: As suspected, it sounds as if Mathews re-aggravated his bothersome ankle Sunday and finished with only 13 rushes for 52 yards after concluding the regular season with 4 straight games with 24 or more carries. Keep an eye on his status this week in practice as the Bolts prepare for a divisional-round date in Denver.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 1/3/14 5:11pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Jan. 3, but is probable for the team's Wild Card game this weekend.
Huddle Up: Mathews has been hampered by the ankle injury all week, but the expectation all along was that he would play. Should he tweak the injury in-game, Danny Woodhead's workload would increase.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 1/2/14 5:21pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 2. He's expected to return to the practice field Friday.
Huddle Up: Mathews is on the same track as last week with the RB sitting out practice early in the week and then returning Friday. It definitely didn't affect him in Week 17 with Mathews rushing for a season-high 144 yards on 24 carries -- his 3rd 100-yard rushing game in his last 4 outings -- but he'll find the going a little tougher this Sunday in Cincy.

Eddie Royal - WR Posted 1/2/14 11:17pm et
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 2.
Huddle Up: It's the same deal as we've seen the last month or so with Royal: No or limited practice during the week but still a full participant on game days.

Ken Whisenhunt - OC Posted 12/31/13 11:27am et
The Houston Texans are not planning to interview San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt for their head coaching position because the Chargers made the playoffs.
Huddle Up: Another sign of the unfortunate reality that assistant coaches on playoff teams are victims of their own success. Some if not all of the coaching vacancies might be spoken for before Whisenhunt has a chance to even interview.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 12/30/13 11:07am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews had a career-high 144 rushing yards in Week 17.
Huddle Up: After burning fantasy owners through the first three seasons of his career Mathews quietly became a reliable back in 2013, hitting career bests in games played, carries, and rushing yardage. He either scored or rushed for 100 yards (or both) in four straight games to end the season, hitting those milestones in seven of his last eight and nine of his last 11 games.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 12/27/13 12:04am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Mathews has missed both of the team's practices this week but the Chargers are still planning on him starting Sunday. See what develops Friday.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 12/27/13 10:12pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 27, but is probable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Mathews finally got on the practice field Friday, and he's there if you need him to fill a RB or flex spot Sunday.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 12/25/13 5:11pm et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is expected to play in the Week 17 finale, despite an ankle injury that had him in a walking boot after the Week 16 game. This would be the first time he has played all 16 games in his four-year career.
Huddle Up: He has been quite good this season, and the Chiefs might be sitting their starters.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 12/25/13 11:30pm et
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Mathews is expected to play this week against a Chiefs' defense that will likely be sitting a majority of its starters. If healthy, Mathews is in line for a big game on Sunday.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 12/23/13 12:49am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) suffered a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 16 game against the Oakland Raiders. Mathews went to the locker room, returned and re-entered the game. However, after the game he was wearing a protective boot over his left foot.
Huddle Up: Walking boots are never good signs, but hopefully it's precautionary. Mathews has done a nice job this year, and he has stayed healthy. Watch his status throughout the week.

Eddie Royal - WR Posted 12/20/13 9:20pm et
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) did not practice Friday, Dec. 20, but is still expected to play in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Royal is no more than a WR4/WR5 in deeper leagues despite the good matchup with the Raiders. Royal just hasn't been consistent enough this year unless he finds the end zone.

Ryan Mathews - RB Posted 12/13/13 12:17am et
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews rushed 29 times for a season-high128 yards and a TD on Thursday, Dec. 12 in a 27-20 win over the host Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Mathews has paid off handsomely for those rolling with him in the fantasy playoffs as he had his second straight game with 100 rushing yards and a TD. He also matched his career high in carries (29) for the second straight week. He figures to keep getting work as the Bolts have obviously benefitted from some offensive balance in their late-season playoff push.

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