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Chargers RB situation is muddled
Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 3:37pm

Chargers.com - [Full Article]

On Monday, Chargers HC Norv Turner addressed how the team planned to move forward without RB Ryan Mathews.

“Well, we’ve got a chance to get Ronnie Brown back” he said. “[Jackie Battle] will get a chance to play. And [Curtis Brinkley] played some yesterday, though I don’t know that he would play on third down. And we’ll probably add Edwin Baker to the 53-man roster. I don’t know that he would be active, but we’d have to see where Ronnie Brown is.”

Fantasy Impact:

Reading the tea leaves, it appears that the RB depth chart goes Brown, Battle, Brinkley and Baker, but it's a crapshoot. Battle and Brown figure to split the work if Brown can play, but Brinkley did get more touches than Battle in Week 15.

Monday, December 17, 2012, 5:31pm

Mike Gehlken on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers coach Norv Turner says team "has a chance" to get RB Ronnie Brown back. Expects practice squad rookie Edwin Baker to be added to 53-man roster.

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan Mathews is lost for the season so Brown could end up having some low end RB value this week against the Jets. Jackie Battle and Curtis Brinkley are sure to figure in as well. It's likely a situation to just stay away from as the Chargers offense has really struggled to run the ball.

Ryan Mathews breaks clavicle, out for season
Sunday, December 16, 2012, 8:39pm

SI.com - [Full Article]

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews broke his left clavicle Sunday and will miss the rest of the season, The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken reported.

Mathews had already broken his right clavicle during the preseason. He broke his left clavicle during the second quarter of the Chargers’ 31-7 loss Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Fantasy Impact:

Curtis Brinkley carried the ball six times for 42 yards, while Jackie Battle had three carries for two yards. Brinkley seems to be the favorite for touches next week against the Jets, but Battle and Ronnie Brown (if healthy) would also be in the mix.

Sunday, November 25, 2012, 2:50pm

Chargers Inactives
Curtis Brinkley RB
Larry English LB
Tyronne Green G
Jonas Mouton LB
Dante Rosario TE
Eddie Royal WR
Brandon Taylor S

Sunday, October 7, 2012, 7:12pm

Chargers Inactives
Curtis Brinkley RB
Antonio Garay DE
Tyronne Green G
Nate Kaeding K
Jonas Mouton LB
Brandon Taylor S
Shareece Wright DB

Fantasy Impact:

Nick Novak will handle kicking duties.

Chargers easing Ryan Mathews back into action
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 10:32am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

If Ryan Mathews had not fumbled against the Falcons, it is expected the Pro Bowler would have started against the Chiefs. While the mishap did not reduce Turner's long-term confidence in Mathews, it did make it evident that Mathews, after missing six weeks with a broken clavicle, would best be eased into action.

That process began Sunday with a series of lower-leverage opportunities.

Most his work instead came with the victory fairly decided in the fourth quarter when he totaled 11 of his 16 touches for 68 yards. For the game, he was in on 21 plays compared to Battle's 27.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews watched as Jackie Battle and the Bolts drove down the field for a TD and he watched again when the team was backed up against the goal line. The article said this isn't expected to continue as long as Mathews continues to "prove he's ready for work in more critical situations."

"Depending on the flow of the game" Mathews could get more work this week against the Saints. And, Battle seems to have taken over the backup role from Ronnie Brown and Curtis Brinkley.

Chargers still trust RB Mathews
Monday, October 1, 2012, 8:50am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews paid some penance against the Chiefs, working in a more complementary role after a costly fumble last week in his season debut. The Pro Bowler had 10 carries for 60 yards with an eight-yard reception in the fourth quarter of a 37-20 win.

Coach Norv Turner said after the game he has “great trust” in Mathews.

For much of the game, he had a different way of showing it.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews said he wasn't shocked about his reduced role after his fumble in Week 3, but fantasy owners probably were. Jackie Battle, who looks as if he's passed Curtis Brinkley and Ronnie Brown on the depth chart, got the start and played pretty well, scoring a rushing TD and a receiving TD. Mathews got fourth quarter action and finished with one less carry than Battle and more yards (15 to 14 and 39 to 61). Hopefully, this was a one-week message against a team the Chargers felt they could beat without Mathews' services. Next week, the Bolts go against the Saints.

Monday, September 24, 2012, 11:22am

San Diego Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Ronnie Brown was among the Chargers inactives. Running back Curtis Brinkley got the nod over the veteran, who entered the game ranking second on the team with nine catches for 52 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackie Battle started the season lowest on the depth chart with Brown as the starter. But Battle had a big game in Week 2 garbage time and then added a big run last week. Brinkley and Battle would likely share work if Ryan Mathews would go down again to injury.

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Antonio Gates OUT for Chargers
Sunday, September 16, 2012, 2:56pm

Chargers Inactives
Jared Gaither T
Antonio Garay DE
Antonio Gates TE
Ryan Mathews RB
Jonas Mouton LB
Brandon Taylor S
Shareece Wright DB

Fantasy Impact:

Ronnie Brown & Curtis Brinkley will split time with Mathews out another week. Randy McMichael will fill in with Gates inactive, but don't expect much from him.

Friday, September 7, 2012, 6:01pm

Michael Gehlken on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (shoulder) doesn't appear cleared for contact yet. Doing individual drills in shorts without helmet or pads.

Fantasy Impact:

Ronnie Brown is in line to be the starter in Week 1 against the Raiders, but a host of other backs like Curtis Brinkley, Jackie Battle and LeRon McClain could also get work. We rank Brown 15th among RBs, so we feel good he's a pretty solid RB2 in most leagues.

Ryan Mathews targets Week 1 return
Monday, August 13, 2012, 11:15am

UT San Diego - [Full Article]

The Chargers have issued a recovery timetable of four-to-six weeks for RB Ryan Mathews. Mathews said he thinks he'll be on the field in four weeks for the Chargers' Sept. 10 season opener in Oakland.

"I think I heal pretty fast," Mathews, 24, said. "I think I'll be good in time to play against the Raiders. ... I'm happy it happened now than against the Raiders. It's better that it happened now, just to get it out of the way. It gives me a few weeks to recover and get back at it."

Mathews said his doctor gave him three-to-six week timetable. He plans to continue training as his shoulder heals.

"My legs aren't broken," Mathews said. "I can still do stuff with my legs and everything. It's more just upper body stuff that I'll probably have to shy away from, but my legs work just fine."

Fantasy Impact:

A broken clavicle on Mathews' first preseason carry is certainly a concern, and risk of re-injury is there. However, Mathews was going as a top 5 pick in most leagues prior to this weekend. He is now falling into the 3rd round and is a value there if he indeed can return by Week 1 or Week 2, avoid re-injury, and prove effective. The points per game should be there for Mathews, it's just a matter of how many games he'll be able to play. The Chargers have no other talented runners, with Ronnie Brown and Curtis Brinkley next in line.

Ryan Mathews breaks collarbone, out 4-6 weeks
Friday, August 10, 2012, 10:18am

ESPN.com - [Full Article]

San Diego Chargers starting running back Ryan Mathews will undergo surgery Friday morning for a broken collarbone.

Mathews was injured on his first carry of the preseason in the first quarter of Thursday night's game against the Green Bay Packers. Coach Norv Turner has said he'll be out four to six weeks.

Fantasy Impact:

A four to six week timetable has Mathews returning within the first few weeks of the season. The Chargers have a wealth of unspectacular options behind Ryan Mathews in Ronnie Brown, Curtis Brinkley, Jackie Battle and LeRon McClain. We doubt any one back will take on a featured role as was the plan for Mathews. First round running back options are getting thinner by the day.