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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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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 27): Mathews was unable to practice last week due to his injured knee, and he was inactive on Thursday after being listed as out on Wednesday. However, reports on Monday indicate that he may return in Week 9 rather than after the bye in Week 10 - his knee is said to be stable and he reportedly looks to be in good condition. Stay tuned to's Players in the News for the latest on Mathews' status as the week's practices go by.

General News (Thu Oct 30): did not practice on Thursday. Mathews, reportedly, is likely to sit out of the Week 9 game and return after the Week 10 bye.

General News (Wed Oct 29): did not practice on Wednesday. It's not official, but it's looking like he'll be held out of this week's game and will catch the San Diego bye week in Week 10.

Week 9: at Miami Dolphins

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Branden Oliver has moved the football for San Diego over the past two weeks, with 28/103/0 rushing and 10 targets for 9/38/0 receiving, but he hasn't found pay dirt and the team is clearly ready for Ryan Mathews (now out for the past six weeks with a MCL sprain) to get back in the saddle. He is said to be close to returning and if he doesn't suffer a setback in practices this week it would be no shock to see Mathews back in action at Miami. Keep an eye on his practice participation later this week to see if the Chargers' #1 running back will play in Week 9. They need him to help halt a two-game skid. The Dolphins' rush D is ranked 16th in the NFL averaging 111.1 yards allowed per game, with just four rushing scores given out to date. Jacksonville had 30/176/0 last weekend, but Chicago was held to 14/52/1 two games back - this is a so-so defensive front between the 20's, but they tighten up in the red zone. This is a neutral matchup for the Chargers' backs, but don't expect a lot of rushing TDs in SunLife Stadium for the Chargers and then you won't be disappointed.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at MIA PROJ-Dodds 6 * * 1 * * *
9 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *
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Latest News

Chargers | Ryan Mathews sits out of practice (Thu Oct 30, 04:14 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 30.

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Chargers | Ryan Mathews likely to sit (Thu Oct 30, 09:49 AM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) is likely to sit out of the Week 9 game and return after the Week 10 bye.

Our View: Brandon Oliver has been playing well, last week notwithstanding, so there is no rush to bring Mathews back. They'll rest him a little longer to keep him fresh for a potential playoff run. Mathews is in a contract year, so sitting has got to be killing him. It's not impossible to believe he won't be back next year, especially with how Oliver is playing. Oliver should be a solid RB2 this week against Miami, by the way.
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Chargers | Ryan Mathews misses practice (Wed Oct 29, 04:08 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Our View: His status for Week 9 remains up in the air, but chances are he misses this week's game against the Dolphins.
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Chargers | Ryan Mathews back in Week 9? (Fri Oct 24, 09:44 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) missed his sixth consecutive game in Week 8 Thursday, Oct. 23, against the Denver Broncos, but he could return to practice as early as Monday, Oct. 27. However, Mathews is nearing a return and unlikely to miss more than one additional game, if that. Mathews worked out before the game Thursday, and his right knee was stable and he appeared conditioned.

Our View: This situation should be monitored by fantasy owners. When Mathews returns, the team might choose to ease him in the lineup. He should return as the starter, but Branden Oliver has done enough to carve out a Danny Woodhead-like role upon Mathews' return.
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Chargers | Week 8 Inactives (Thu Oct 23, 07:01 PM) - The San Diego Chargers have declared CB Steve Williams, RB Ryan Mathews, CB Brandon Flowers, RB Donald Brown, LB Manti Te'o, LBs Jeremiah Attaochu and Cordarro Law inactive for Week 8.

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