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Thursday Night Football Inactives: Chargers vs. Broncos

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:10pm

Chargers
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB
Donald Brown RB
Brandon Flowers CB
Cordarro Law DE
Ryan Mathews RB
Manti Te'o ILB

 

Broncos
Montee Ball RB
Kapri Bibbs RB
Omar Bolden SS
Ben Garland G
Steven Johnson LB
Michael Schofield T
Mitch Unrein DT

Fantasy Impact:

For the Chargers, RB Branden Oliver will continue to receive a heavy workload with Mathews and Brown out. Ronnie Brown will also receive a few touches.

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.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion, out) did not practice Wednesday. With Brown sidelined again, Branden Oliver will continue to carry the load for the Chargers.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews isn’t even running yet, apparently. It’s Branden Oliver’s show for now.

Explaining Keenan Allen's sophomore slump

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:35pm

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Keenan Allen, while scoreless in seven games, hasn't lacked for impact. Defenses have schemed against him differently in year two, an anticipated trend that's presented opportunities elsewhere in the passing game. The effect for Allen is fewer statistical outbursts like the ones he had in Denver last season.

Defensive coaches had months to game plan for him. Allen and the Chargers aren't surprised what came out of it.

"People, they aren't stupid," wide receivers coach Fred Graves said. "They're not just going to let him run free. They're going to take some things away."

Allen has seen more press coverage this year. That is partly why, despite a team-high 34 catches, he has a modest 354 yards. His average yards after the catch is down from 6 to 2.9.

"They're pretty close to me after I catch the ball," Allen said.

Fantasy Impact:

The article goes on to explain that the attention that Allen is getting is opening things up for the other Charger receivers, namely Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd and Eddie Royal. As those players continue to produce, Allen should receive less attention, which should free him up for more big plays.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:28pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball returned -- briefly -- to the practice field Tuesday, but the Broncos had enough concerns about their overall depth at running back to tweak the roster.

Ball, who suffered a right groin injury in the Broncos’ Oct. 5 win over the Arizona Cardinals, was in a jersey and on the practice field during the open period of practice for the first time since the injury. Ball went through the pre-practice stretching with the team and then went to work with the strength and conditioning coaches.

The Broncos have planned for Ball to miss at least three weeks with the injury -- and Thursday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers will be the third game Ball has missed -- so they promoted running back Kapri Bibbs from their practice squad, even as some teams in the league had started to circle the undrafted rookie with interest in signing him.

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:42pm

Chargers Inactives
Jeremiah Attaochu OLB
Donald Brown RB
Dontrelle Inman WR
Ricardo Mathews DT
Ryan Mathews RB
Manti Te'o ILB
Jason Verrett CB

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. Mathews still isn’t running on his injured knee. It looks like Branden Oliver will continue to be the lead back through Week 9, maybe longer. We were expecting Mathews to be further along in his recovery by now, but knee injuries are tricky. He was expected to miss 4-5 weeks, and he is now in the middle of the 5th week of his recovery.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (elbow, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 7. Royal’s rib injury is not serious, so he should play against the Chiefs this week. It’s bad news for Ladarius Green, who was likely to see more snaps if Royal couldn’t play.

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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Mathews still isn’t running on his injured knee. It looks like Branden Oliver will continue to be the lead back through Week 9, maybe longer. We were expecting Mathews to be further along in his recovery by now, but knee injuries are tricky. He was expected to miss 4-5 weeks, and he is now in the middle of the 5th week of his recovery.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Chargers WR Eddie Royal (elbow) practiced fully Wednesday. Royal’s Week 6 rib injury is not serious. Now he’s being listed with an elbow injury, but he should play against the Chiefs this week. It’s bad news for Ladarius Green, who was likely to see more snaps if Royal couldn’t play.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) still not running

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 10:27am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Ryan Mathews sprained his MCL more than a month ago. The San Diego Chargers' running back has yet to reach the point in his rehab where he can start running.

"I'm hoping," Mathews told U-T San Diego's Michael Gehlken. "I'm just taking it one day at a time. When they think it's time for me to start running, then it's time to start running. It's all in their hands."

The 27-year-old running back won't play this week and with a Thursday date against the Denver Broncos in Week 8, it's a stretch to think he'd be ready considering he hasn't hit the running portion of the rehab schedule. With a Week 10 bye, it could make sense for the currently 5-1 Chargers to hold the back out until after the week off.

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like Branden Oliver will continue to be the lead back through Week 9, maybe longer. We were expecting Mathews to be further along in his recovery by now, but knee injuries are tricky. He was expected to miss 4-5 weeks, and he is now in the middle of the 5th week of his recovery.

Malcom Floyd active for Chargers

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3:55pm

Chargers Inactives
Donald Brown RB
Cordarro Law DE
Ryan Mathews RB
Manti Te'o ILB
Reggie Walker OLB
Steve Williams CB
Shareece Wright CB

Fantasy Impact:

WR Malcom Floyd is active for the Chargers.

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:02am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Ronnie Hillman will be the Broncos' starting tailback Sunday against the New York Jets. He's never started previously, much less had a workhorse-type game.

C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson figure to be used too.

"I'm going to do what they tell me to do," Anderson said. "If I get a chance to carry the ball, I'll carry it. Protect Peyton, keep him on his feet, because Rex is going to bring a lot of things."

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may face his share of coach Rex Ryan- ordered blitzes from the Jets. Picking up those blitzes will be the first responsibility for Broncos running backs. Then it's carrying the ball, catching it and protecting it.

Thompson missed the Broncos' full-padded practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. But after receiving a full week's treatment from the training staff the rookie will play against the Jets.

"Yeah, I'm out there," Thompson said. "Plan for best-case and worst-case scenario. You never know what's going to happen with the depth chart."

Fantasy Impact:

While no one expects Hillman to carry the load against the Jets, the use of backs behind him seems up in the air too. However Hillman owners should expect to see all three backs play, which will obviously cut into Hillman's fantasy production. It's a tough matchup on paper for the Broncos running game, but remember Branden Oliver of the Chargers lit them up last week. However the point is Hillman owners who start him in lineups should expect to see Anderson and Thompson on the field as well.