Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm
Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Brown is on track to play in Week 9. His presence will put a dent in Branden Oliver’s workload, though we expect Oliver to remain the lead back.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm
Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. It looks like Brown is on track to play in Week 9. His presence will put a dent in Branden Oliver’s workload, though we expect Oliver to remain the lead back.
He knew he wouldn't face the Jaguars or the Jets, the Raiders or the Chiefs. It became clear, well in advance of Thursday night, he wouldn't be active against the Broncos either. This next game, Nov. 2 in Miami, is different. For the first time, there seems a chance he could play.
"That's in my head," Mathews said Friday. "I'm just going keep doing my treatment this week, come back on Monday, and see what they say."
The Chargers running back missed his sixth straight game Thursday night to a right knee injury. He sprained his medial collateral ligament Sept. 14 against the Seahawks. Mathews is nearing a return, unlikely to miss more than one additional game, if that, the story said. If he plays Nov. 2, he could be eased in, but perhaps the thing to note is if Mathews is on your wire, now may be the time to pick him up. Branden Oliver hasn't been impressive rushing the ball the last two weeks, so there's a good chance Mathews slides right back into his RB1 role. Oliver did catch seven passes Thursday night against Denver so he's still likely to have a role in the offense. Donald Brown is also expected to practice next week.
For the Broncos, RB Ronnie Hillman continues to fill in for an injured Ball. Juwan Thompson and C.J. Anderson will work behind him. Rookie WR Cody Latimer is active for the Broncos for the first time in a while, though we're not expecting much production from the rookie with the entire Denver receiving corps healthy and accounted for.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:42pm
RB Branden Oliver will again receive a heavy workload with Mathews and Brown out.
Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm
Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. Brown is still in the league’s concussion protocol. Branden Oliver should have the San Diego backfield all to himself in Week 8.
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm
Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Brown is still in the league’s concussion protocol. If he sits out again, Branden Oliver will have the San Diego backfield all to himself in Week 8.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. With Brown out, Branden Oliver is a strong play against a shaky Raiders defense. The Chargers recently signed Ronnie Brown as a Plan C and Shaun Draughn looms as another possible committee member if the Chargers continue their trend of spreading touches around their backfield. We like Oliver this week given his recent play and generous matchup against Oakland.
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm
Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Brown seems very doubtful to make it through the concussion protocol. If he’s out, Branden Oliver would become an even stronger play. The Chargers recently signed Ronnie Brown as a Plan D.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 8:22pm
Oliver has been a pleasant surprise this year, but Ronnie Brown offers knowledge of Mike McCoy's system and creditable play on passing downs. Brown spent 2012 and 2013 in San Diego before playing in three games for the Houston Texans this season.
Donald Brown had been anything but impressive in his time filling in for Mathews, then suffered a concussion giving way to Branden Oliver's monster game against what was supposed to be a stout Jets run defense. Oliver could be looking at another big game in Week 6 as the Chargers take on the Raiders. In Week 7, the Bolts play the Chiefs (another decent matchup at KC is 14th in allowing fantasy points to RBs) which means Mathews could be on track to return in Week 8 against the Broncos. Oliver is shaping up to be a nice pickup at least the next two weeks.
Branden Oliver will be a hot pickup this week and looked great against what was supposed to be a top-notch Jets run defense. We saw signs from Oliver last week when Brown struggled against the Jags. The Chargers get a great matchup at Oakland in Week 6. Shaun Draughn was signed as insurance last week and could see time as well, but if Brown can't go Oliver is already shaping up as a solid play.
Friday, October 3, 2014, 11:05pm
With the Chargers posting a league-worst 2.4 yards per carry though four games, expect undrafted rookie free agent Branden Oliver to receive more touches against the New York Jets' rugged run defense. With Oliver's ability to pick up the offense, in pass protection and in the run game, he has earned the trust of QB Philip Rivers. In just 18 plays against Jacksonville on Sunday, Oliver had 13 touches for 56 yards. Oliver is more elusive than Donald Brown and stands a chance to gain more yards if San Diego continues to struggle with blocking up front.
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