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Donald Brown | Running Back

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 207
College: Connecticut
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Chargers re-signed RB Donald Brown and waived OL Michael Ola.
The Chargers needed Ola in Week 4 against the Browns because they were short three starting offensive linemen. For now, at least, Ola's departure suggests the Chargers anticipate at least getting one of the O-Linemen back for Week 5 against the Steelers. Brown, 28, returns as San Diego's No. 4 running back behind Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead, and Branden Oliver. Oct 5 - 5:13 PM

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Chargers released RB Donald Brown.

Brown was inactive the first three games as the No. 4 running back. With three injured starters on the offensive line, the Chargers needed his roster spot. The move clears Brown's $3 million salary, but San Diego will pay $1.83M in dead money. The Chargers reportedly plan to re-sign Brown next week.
Oct 3 - 4:42 PM

Chargers declared RB Donald Brown, OLB Jerry Attaochu, WR Dontrelle Inman, OG Johnnie Troutman, OLB Tourek Williams, CB Craig Mager and NT Ryan Carrethers inactive for Week 1 against the Lions.

Brown will need an injury to Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead or Branden Oliver to be active on game days. With Attaochu out, fifth-round pick Kyle Emanuel will get the start at outside linebacker.
Sep 13 - 2:43 PM

GM Tom Telesco insisted Wednesday RB Donald Brown will return in 2015.

Telesco signed Brown to a three-year, $10.5M contract a year ago. The ex-Colt proceeded to rush for just 223 yards on 85 carries (2.62 YPC) in 13 games, even though Danny Woodhead went down for the year in Week 3. Brown is due a $3M base salary in 2015, but would cost the Chargers $1.1M in dead money to cut. It's worth noting that Ryan Mathews is an unrestricted free agent.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 02:24:00 PM

Donald Brown rushed 10 times for 39 yards in Week 17 against the Chiefs.

Brown played behind Branden Oliver, but got the majority of third down work. He was a major free-agent bust after the Chargers gave him a $3.25 million signing bonus this offseason, rushing for just 262 yards on 95 carries and missing two games to injury. Brown is due a $3 million base salary in 2015 and unlikely to be back. The Chargers would lose $1.1 million in dead money by releasing Brown as a post-June 1 cut.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:37:00 PM

Donald Brown rushed four times for 12 yards Week 16 against the 49ers.

Brown was the clear second option to Branden Oliver, and even lost some pass-game work to Ronnie Brown late in the game. Brown is not a viable fantasy option even if Ryan Mathews (ankle) cannot play Week 17 against the Chiefs.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 12:46:00 AM

Donald Brown rushed five times for 18 yards and caught four passes for 38 yards in Sunday's Week 15 loss to the Broncos.

With Ryan Mathews (ankle) inactive, Brown was the change-of-pace and third-down back behind Branden Oliver. He also handled most of the two- and four-minute drill work. It's not enough volume for Brown to even be on the flex radar for a Week 16 game at San Fran.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:34:00 PM

Donald Brown rushed once for no yards and caught one pass for four yards in the Chargers' Week 11 win over the Raiders.

With Ryan Mathews back, Brown was reduced to San Diego's No. 3 tailback behind Mathews and Branden Oliver. Brown currently carries no fantasy value.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:57:00 PM

Donald Brown rushed for 23 yards on six carries in the Chargers' Week 9 loss to the Dolphins.

Making his return from a three-week absence due to a concussion, Brown was well behind Branden Oliver on the depth chart. Brown didn't get any meaningful work until the fourth quarter with the Bolts trailing 37-0. With Ryan Mathews (knee) expected back in Week 11 after the Chargers' upcoming bye, Brown won't be on the fantasy radar as the change-of-pace No. 3 back.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 04:32:00 PM

Donald Brown (concussion) is active for Week 9 against the Dolphins.

Brown had missed the previous three games, but will be back in change-up role behind Branden Oliver. Inactive for the Chargers are RB Ryan Mathews (knee), OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, S Jahleel Addae, CB Jason Verrett (shoulder), ILB Manti Te'o (foot), CB Richard Crawford, and NT Ryan Carrethers.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Donald Brown (concussion) is probable for Week 9 against Miami.

Brown has been cleared to return after missing the last three games. Branden Oliver will remain the Chargers' featured back this week, with Brown likely getting change of pace work. Ryan Mathews (MCL) is expected to return in Week 11.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 05:07:00 PM

Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) is practicing in full for Week 9.

Brown is finally ready to return after missing the Chargers' past three games. It's unclear what his role will be against the Dolphins, as Branden Oliver has performed well as an every-down back in Brown's absence. We wouldn't expect Brown to handle more than 5-6 touches.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 04:58:00 PM

Donald Brown (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday.

It's the first time Brown has practiced since Week 5. Brown still hasn't been fully cleared, but has a chance to play Sunday against Miami. Ryan Mathews (MCL) is expected to be held out through the Chargers' Week 10 bye.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 02:29:00 PM

Donald Brown (concussion) still hasn't been medically cleared.

Brown has missed the last three games due to his concussion. He remains without a timetable for return. The Chargers will likely hold Brown out through their Week 10 bye.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 07:20:00 PM

Donald Brown (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Broncos.

Brandon Oliver will make his third straight start. Ryan Mathews (MCL) has also been ruled out for Week 8.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 03:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Danny Woodhead
3Branden Oliver
4Donald Brown
GLB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Melvin Gordon
FB1David Johnson
WR11Keenan Allen
2Stevie Johnson
3Dontrelle Inman
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Jacoby Jones
WR31Stevie Johnson
TE1Ladarius Green
2John Phillips
3Antonio Gates
LT1King Dunlap
2Chris Hairston
LG1Orlando Franklin
2Johnnie Troutman
C1Chris Watt
2Trevor Robinson
3J.D. Walton
RG1D.J. Fluker
RT1Joseph Barksdale
2Kenny Wiggins
K1Josh Lambo