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RB Ryan Mathews - San Diego Chargers

6-0, 218Born: 5-1-1987College: Fresno StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 12

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San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 15): Mathews was unable to practice last week due to his injured ankle, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Mathews' ankle injury kept him out in Week 15, and Week 16's game is on Saturday, so it might be two straight games on the sidelines for the Chargers starter.

General News (Fri Dec 19): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Dec 18): did not practice on Thursday.

Week 16: at San Francisco 49ers

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Ryan Mathews missed the practice on Tuesday, so early indications are that he's not likely to appear on Saturday at Levi's Stadium as his problematic ankle continues to slow him. That means more of the sad-sack committee of Braden Oliver (12/26/0 rushing with 4/44/0 receiving), Donald Brown (5/18/0 rushing with 4/38/0 receiving) and Ronnie Brown (2/9/0 rushing) that we saw getting stuffed by the Broncos' rush D last week. The 49ers are good at stuffing opposing backs, ranking eighth in the NFL averaging 101.1 rushing yards allowed per game, with only seven rushing scores given up over 14 games. Last week, Seattle managed 32/152/1 rushing vs. San Francisco, while Oakland had 31/85/0 rushing two games back. The Chargers may wish they had Marshawn Lynch on their team, but they don't - advantage, San Francisco.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs STL 12 105 1 2 2 8 0 0
13 at BAL 13 38 1 2 1 6 0 0
14 vs NE 11 44 0 1 1 4 0 0
16 at SF PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 0 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs BAL (13 / 38 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Forty yards and a 3.3 YPC average are nothing to write home about, and neither is 12 rushing attempts. But it wasn't the workload or the effectiveness that mattered so much in this game; it was how much of a share of the workload he received. While 13 total touches in a game isn't impressive in and of itself, the fact that the other running backs on the roster combined for just 3 means that Mathews now owns the job 100%. Both Branden Oliver and Donald Brown have been relegated to nothing more than backup, change-of-pace options. Early on, Mathews didn't find very many holes at all. He ran with power and fought for whatever yardage was there, but there just wasn't much to be had. As the passing game opened things up a bit more in the second half, the running game had a bit more room as well. Unfortunately for Mathews, the team trailed for all but 38 seconds of this game so there wasn't much running to be done. Mathews salvaged his fantasy owners with a late rushing touchdown. Taking a handoff up the left side, TE Antonio Gates opened a gaping hole and Mathews burst through it for the score. He nearly had an earlier score, but dropped a possible touchdown on a slant over the middle at the Baltimore 10-yard line.

2014 Week 14 vs NE (11 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Mathews made a lot happen on his own, because the offensive line didn't really open a ton of holes. There was some space at times, but a lot of the yardage Mathews attained, he fought for himself. He found the seams wherever they were, slithering through when the opportunity presented itself but more often than not just banging into defenders to fight for extra yardage. He had a nice second down run late in the first half and had just started bouncing to the outside when a New England defender attempted to trip him. Contact was made with Mathews' shin, and he was soon seen limping around on the San Diego sideline. When the second half opened, Mathews was no on the field. But he came back on the second series after halftime, showing no ill effects.


Latest News

Chargers | Ryan Mathews not dressing (Sat Dec 20, 07:17 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is inactive Saturday, Dec. 20, for Week 16.

Our View: This was expected. The Chargers are starting Branden Oliver.
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Chargers | Week 16 Inactives (Sat Dec 20, 07:09 PM) - The San Diego Chargers have declared LB Cordarro Law, DL Damion Square, CB Greg Ducre, WR Keenan Allen, P Mike Scifres, DL Ryan Carrethers, RB Ryan Mathews inactive for Week 16.

Chargers | Ryan Mathews, Keenan Allen out (Fri Dec 19, 04:32 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) and WR Keenan Allen (shoulder, ankle) have been ruled out for Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Our View: Mathews may not even return for next week's finale. It'll be Branden Oliver and Donald Brown splitting the work for the Chargers at San Francisco on Saturday.
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Chargers | Ryan Mathews sits out (Thu Dec 18, 03:35 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Our View: We don't expect Mathews to play this weekend, and see Branden Oliver as the main back here. It's a tough matchup as well, so we're not especially excited about Oliver either, and see him as a high-end RB4.
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Chargers | Ryan Mathews sitting out (Wed Dec 17, 02:30 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Our View: The Chargers have a short week as they play the 49ers on Saturday. It's not a good sign that Mathews has missed the last two days of practice. He missed the Broncos game in Week 15, and he could miss this week as well. Check back to see if he can practice on Thursday or Friday.
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