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Chargers concerned Danny Woodhead has fractured fibula

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7:47pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The San Diego Chargers were already without RB Ryan Mathews on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. They also had to survive without Danny Woodhead.

Woodhead suffered a fibula and right ankle injury during the Chargers' opening drive in Buffalo, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a San Diego source. He remained on the field for several minutes before being carted to the locker room and did not return to the 22-10 win.

Fantasy Impact:

Woodhead will have more tests Monday, but the team is concerned it's a fractured fibula, which could end his season. With Mathews expected to miss a month with a sprained MCL, Donald Brown took over in the backfield after Woodhead went down. Branden Oliver becomes the primary backup on a suddenly thin depth chart. The Bolts will probably have to make another move to add a RB.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:54am

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

With Ryan Mathews expected to miss some time with an MCL sprain, many are looking toward Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown to pick up the slack with extra touches. However, there is another running back on the active roster that the Bolts.

Undrafted rookie Branden Oliver earned a spot on the team with a standout offseason, training camp as well as his preseason performances. Averaging a team-high 4.6 yards per carry, Oliver ran for 161 yards on 35 carries for one touchdown in four games. While inactive up until this point, the team has full faith in him should his number be called.

“He’ll be ready to go,” Head Coach Mike McCoy said. “He had a great offseason program with us. He had a good training camp and he’s ready to go.”

Fantasy Impact:

With three talented backs ahead of him on the depth chart, Oliver was a healthy scratch the first two weeks of the season but will make his Chargers debut in Week 3. With Woodhead and Brown capable of splitting carries, Oliver's workload is a big question mark and probably isn't worth a roster spot in typical leagues. But, he's now just an injury away from perhaps playing a huge role...

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 3. Mathews will reportedly miss 4-5 weeks with a sprained knee. Donald Brown takes over as the primary early down back, but Danny Woodhead will be plenty involved.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Mathews will reportedly miss 4-5 weeks with a sprained knee. Donald Brown takes over as the primary early down back, but Danny Woodhead will be plenty involved.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews will reportedly miss 4-5 weeks with a sprained knee. Donald Brown takes over as the primary early down back, but Danny Woodhead will be plenty involved.

Ryan Mathews out 4-5 weeks with MCL sprain

Monday, September 15, 2014, 12:53pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bad news for Chargers, RB Ryan Mathews post-MRI ... source tells me his MCL sprain could keep him out 4-5 weeks. He hopes for sooner.

Fantasy Impact:

Reports of the MCL sprain came pretty early Sunday night which gave hope it wasn't anything more serious after he was carted off, but owners were likely hoping for something a little less. Dating back to last year, Mathews had posted either 100 yards or a TD in 8 of his last 9 regular games before this week. Donald Brown looks like he'll get a majority of carries with Danny Woodhead also chipping in. Next on the depth chart is Branden Oliver who could also contribute. In an update Monday night, the Chargers didn't put a timetable on Mathews return.

Ryan Mathews said to have sprained MCL

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:18pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews scheduled to undergo an MRI on injured knee, per source. Concern it could be sprained MCL.

Fantasy Impact:

Updates overnight confirm it's a sprained MCL which owners should consider somewhat good news for now. Mathews was carted off the field in the team's victory over the Seahawks. If Mathews can't play, Donald Brown would likely see more touches with Danny Woodhead mixing in and remaining a presence in the passing game. Branden Oliver is next up on the depth chart and could figure in as well. The good news for the Bolts in their schedule eases up with favorable matchups against the run the next two weeks (Buffalo, Jacksonville).

Bolts want to ease Ryan Mathews workload

Monday, September 1, 2014, 9:23am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

The Chargers seem to have made themselves less dependent on RB Ryan Mathews, who was the offense's MVP last year.

And that should bode well for both them and Mathews, 26.

In the months since a game but gimpy Mathews sat out most of the Division Playoff loss at Denver, Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy have added three running backs to the 53-man roster while also retaining third-down specialist Danny Woodhead and subtracting Ronnie Brown. Giving the run game another dimension, Telesco signed David Johnson, a fullback-tight end noted for his blocking.

We'll see how long rookie backs Marion Grice and Branden Oliver will stay on the active roster behind another Telesco addition, Donald Brown, the ex-Colt who averaged 5.3 yards per carry last year. The kids look they could help in a pinch, but other roster moves this week could affect one of them.

At any rate, it made sense to give Mathews more cushion. As terrific as he was last year, overcoming a concussion and ankle sprain, powering the team's late run into the playoffs and never missing a start, it would’ve been foolish to be as dependent on him this year.

Fantasy Impact:

The plan seems to be to ride Mathews on occasion but it really seems like the team wants to ease his workload to keep him healthy down the stretch for a possible playoff run. It's not the first time we heard this, as similar reports were out even before camp. That likely means more work for Brown and Woodhead. Mathews had just two, 20-plus carry games through Dec. 1 last year, but the final four weeks of the season went 29-29-25-24 and wasn't able to get over a high ankle sprain. Look for the Bolts to keep Mathews in the 13-19 range, which is where he was for most of the September-November.

Better instincts, same results for Colts RB Trent Richardson

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 3:28pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Colts RB Trent Richardson’s first run of the preseason was for 8 yards, giving the indication that good things were to come with him. But he gained only 26 yards since then. The New York Giants, according to HC Chuck Pagano, loaded up the box on more than 20 of the first 30 plays of their preseason game last weekend. Richardson’s two longest runs -- 8 yards each -- came with Andrew Luck in the shotgun. Richardson's running with better instincts. It's just not showing up in the results, which is the determining factor.

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw. As the #20 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.

Chargers Beat: Ryan Mathews 'likely to see a decrease in carries'

Friday, August 15, 2014, 12:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said Ryan Mathews remains the every-down back for San Diego. However, with the addition of Donald Brown in free agency along with third-down back Danny Woodhead coming off a career 2013 campaign, Mathews likely will see a decrease in carries. Mathews is in a contract year, so he'll be properly motivated to do the best with whatever touches he receives.

Fantasy Impact:

We're currently projecting an 11 percent drop in carries for Mathews. He is currently our #20 RB in standard and #26 in PPR. Brown is a very cheap (and talented) backup playing behind the injury-prone Mathews for a team that likes to run the ball. He's an attractive attrition pick in the final rounds.

Ryan Mathews should continue to get goal line carries

Friday, August 8, 2014, 1:35pm

Alex Flanagan on Twitter - [Full Article]

Mike McCoy said right after Ryan Mathews fumbled on the goal line he told his RB he's going to keep feeding him the ball.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews was so good last year, especially in the second half, but through his career has been victimized by injuries and costly fumbles. While it looks like he'll still get carries in deep, Donald Brown lurks as a potential candidate if fumbling becomes an issue again for Mathews.

Friday, August 8, 2014, 9:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers undrafted rookie free agent running back Branden Oliver looked like the real deal.

A 5-8 and 208 pound runner who starred at Buffalo, Oliver likely reminds you of another fan favorite -- former Chargers' running back Darren Sproles. He even wears the same No. 43 jersey. Oliver finished with 64 yards on seven carries, including a 16-yard touchdown.

Fantasy Impact:

Oliver showed quickness through the hole, the speed to get outside and an ability to finish runs, the story said. Unfortunately for him, he's at least behind Ryan Mathews, Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead who should get a bulk, if not all, of the the snaps as long as they are healthy.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 1:15pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Asked if he thinks he can gain 1,000 yards this year, Colts RB Trent Richardson scoffed that his goals are a lot higher than that.

“A thousand is not the goal. For me, it’s personal. I’m going to keep it to myself. But a thousand is not it for me. It’s higher,” Richardson said, via the Indianapolis Star.

This year Richardson believes his greater understanding of the offense will allow him to play a greater role on the team.

“I can’t wait to be involved in the passing game, even if it’s just pass blocking,” Richardson said. “I’m trying to be a three-down back. It would be four if they let me play special teams.”

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #20 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 10:12am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Donald Brown hasn't worked as a kick returner since his rookie season with the Colts, totaling one return for 21 yards. Before that, Brown served for a short time as a kick returner in college, averaging 23.3 yards a return on nine attempts at Connecticut in 2006. But Brown sits atop San Diego's depth chart, listed as the team's top kick returner heading into Thursday's game. In a crowded backfield with Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, serving as San Diego's kick returner offers Brown another opportunity to get a few more touches during the game. "Whenever you're number is called you just try to make the most of it and roll with it," Brown said. "I just look forward to the challenge."

Fantasy Impact:

This is something for owners who play in return leagues to file away. Brown will have a complementary role in the offense backing up both Mathews and Woodhead and proved last season (for the Colts) that he can be a very productive player when given touches.

Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) returns to practice, runs with second team

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

There was a welcomed sight on the practice field for the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday. Running back Trent Richardson returned to practice after sitting out the previous three practices with a hamstring problem. Richardson, the likely starter in Week 1, took snaps with the second unit behind Ahmad Bradshaw.

Fantasy Impact:

Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #20 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output. Meanwhile, Bradshaw is one of our favorite late round targets. With Vick Ballard out for the season, he is a T-Rich injury/poor performance away from being the lead back for the Colts.