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Ryan Mathews | Running Back

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Fresno State
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Ryan Mathews (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 17.
Branden Oliver will likely be San Diego's primary ball carrier at Arrowhead, with Browns Donald and Ronnie Brown mixing him behind him. Dec 26 - 2:56 PM

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Ryan Mathews (ankle) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

Mathews hasn't played the last two games and has yet to resume practicing. Coach Mike McCoy said there's a "possibility" he returns for Sunday's must-win game against the Chiefs, but he's trending in the wrong direction. The Chargers will go with a committee of Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown if Mathews sits out.
Dec 24 - 2:27 PM

Ryan Mathews (ankle) was held out of Tuesday's practice.

Coach Mike McCoy has said there's a "possibility" Mathews suits up for Sunday's must-win finale against the Chiefs, but he's starting the week off on the wrong foot. We'd expect the injury-prone back to sit, leaving Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown to again form a committee.
Dec 23 - 2:25 PM

Speaking Monday, Chargers coach Mike McCoy said there's a "possibility" Ryan Mathews (ankle) is ready for Week 17.

Mathews has missed the Bolts' past two games. Mathews has yet to resume practicing, so we wouldn't bet big money on him being ready to go against the Chiefs. If that's the case, the Bolts will keep going with a three-man committee of Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown.
Dec 22 - 2:24 PM

Ryan Mathews (ankle) is listed as out for Week 16 against the 49ers.

Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will share the backfield on Saturday against San Francisco. It's a fantasy situation to avoid wherever possible. Oliver got more Week 15 touches than Brown and would be the superior flex gamble.
Dec 19 - 4:18 PM

Ryan Mathews (ankle) remained sidelined Thursday.

Mathews "wasn't close" to playing in Week 15, and appears all but guaranteed to miss his second-straight game. The oft-injured 2010 first rounder could be heading into free agency having appeared in just 6-of-16 games this season. Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will form a low-upside committee against the 49ers.
Dec 18 - 1:43 PM

Ryan Mathews (ankle) is not practicing Wednesday.

Mathews reportedly "wasn't close to playing" last Sunday. With the Chargers now on a short week and playing Saturday night against the 49ers, Mathews' chances of suiting up appear slim. It'll be Branden Oliver and Donald Brown.
Dec 17 - 2:21 PM

Ryan Mathews (ankle) sat out of Tuesday's practice.

The Chargers are playing the 49ers on Saturday, so they're starting their practice week on Tuesday. Per reporter Michael Gehlken, Mathews wasn't "particularly close" to suiting up for Sunday's loss to the Broncos. That would suggest he's not a good bet to return for Week 16, which would leave Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown to again form a committee. It would be a situation to avoid against the 49ers' stout run defense. Mathews' status will be updated on Wednesday.
Dec 16 - 2:33 PM

Ryan Mathews (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's Week 15 game against the Broncos.

Matthews didn't practice all week and will be questionable for Week 16 as well. Branden Oliver will start, with Donald Brown mixing in as a change-of-pace option. Ronnie Brown could see some third-down work. The rest of the Chargers inactives: Ladarius Green, Mike Scifres, Dontrelle Inman, Damion Square, Ryan Carrethers and Cordarro Law.
Dec 14 - 2:41 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ryan Mathews (ankle) is "highly doubtful" to play Week 15 against the Broncos.

Not a surprise. Mathews didn't practice at all this week after hurting his ankle last week. Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will handle running-back duties for the Bolts. Neither is more than a desperation RB3/FLEX option.
Dec 14 - 9:08 AM

On Friday, coach Mike McCoy left the door open for Ryan Mathews (questionable, ankle) to play in Week 15 against the Broncos despite not practicing all week.

Even if he goes, Mathews would figure to be at significantly less than 100 percent. We would bet against Mathews playing, but it's still ostensibly within the realm of possibility. Donald Brown is next up on the depth chart.
Dec 12 - 3:40 PM

Ryan Mathews (questionable, ankle) missed practice for the third straight day on Friday.

It's going to be the Donald Brown-Branden Oliver show Sunday against Denver, perhaps with some Ronnie Brown mixed in. Mathews seems highly unlikely to play after severely spraining his ankle in last week's loss to the Patriots. Brown recently passed Oliver on the depth chart and would be the favorite for work.
Dec 12 - 1:43 PM

Ryan Mathews (ankle) remained sidelined Thursday.

Mathews' Week 15 status is murky. Considering his injury history, he should be considered less than 50-50 to suit up against the Broncos' elite run defense. That would leave Branden Oliver and Donald Brown to form a committee. Oliver would be a FLEX option. Mathews' status will be updated on Friday afternoon.
Dec 11 - 2:22 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego's Kevin Acee doesn't believe the Chargers will re-sign impending free agent Ryan Mathews.

Acee believes Mathews' time left in San Diego should be "measured in weeks." The former 12th overall pick just can't stay healthy, as he's battled ankle, shoulder, and knee injuries this season. He's played in just six games in 2014 and has just one 16-game season under his belt through five years. Mathews turned 27 in October. He'll likely be looking at $3-4 million annual-average offers.
Dec 11 - 12:13 PM

Ryan Mathews was held out of practice Wednesday due to a right ankle injury.

Mathews' injury occurred with two minutes left in the first half. He did handle two second-half carries, but lost eight yards on them. The Union-Tribune San Diego sheds no light on Mathews' potential Week 15 availability. Donald Brown recently passed Branden Oliver on the depth chart and would be the Chargers' likeliest lead back against the Broncos if Mathews can't go.
Dec 10 - 9:23 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Donald Brown
3Branden Oliver
4Ronnie Brown
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Branden Oliver
3RB1Donald Butler
2Branden Oliver
FB1David Johnson
WR11Keenan Allen
2Seyi Ajirotutu
3Dontrelle Inman
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Eddie Royal
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
K1Nick Novak