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RB Danny Woodhead - San Diego Chargers

5-7, 195Born: 1-25-1985College: Chadron StateDrafted: ---

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Danny Woodhead tore his ACL in Week 2 and is finished for the season.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 19): suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's game and will be lost for the season according to's Ian Rapoport.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 19): Woodhead was carted off in Week 2 with a torn ACL. He's done for the year.

General News (Tue Sep 20): will miss the rest of the season after he tore his ACL in a Week 2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Melvin Gordon was drafted to be a featured running back in the NFL, and now that his sidekick/mentor Danny Woodhead is out for the season due to an ACL injury, Gordon will get the headlining role in the Chargers' backfield. The early results this season are encouraging that Gordon can handle the workload - he has compiled 38/159/3 rushing and 3/18/0 receiving to land at seventh-best fantasy running back in the PPR scoring paradigm after two games. With Keenan Allen also out for the year, the Chargers will have to rely on their young players moving forwards. The Colts' rush D has been abysmal all year long, averaging 34.6 fantasy points allowed to opposing fantasy backs through two games (worst in the NFL), while also averaging 125 rushing yards allowed per game (29th in the NFL) with three rushing scores handed out to date. They coughed up 31/134/1 to the Broncos most recently. Advantage, San Diego and Gordon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at KC 50 16 89 0 7 5 31 1 0 18
2 vs JAX 5 3 27 0 1 1 4 0 0 3.1
3 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs JAX (3 / 27 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Woodhead was on his way to, once again, destroying the Jaguars defense until a tackle made in the first half on a dumpoff pass lead to an injury that forced him out for the rest of the game.

2016 Week 1 vs KC (16 / 89 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 31 / 1 rec)

Woodhead had a very productive day carrying the ball 16 times for 89 yards and tacking on 5 catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. Woodhead had more touches than Gordon and was used in third down and clear passing situations throughout the game. Woodhead still figures to be the clear number two in the Chargers offense, but if he continues to produce you will see more of a split between him and Gordon with Woodhead being utilized as a pass catching option.


Latest News

Chargers | San Diego likely to sign Dexter McCluster (Tue Sep 20, 01:40 PM) - Free-agent RB Dexter McCluster (Titans) is expected to sign RB Dexter McCluster shortly to fill the pass-catching role out of the backfield left behind by the season-ending ACL injury to Danny Woodhead, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Our View: McCluster played under Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt when both were with the Tennessee Titans. He can play the Woodhead role, he just won't look as good or be as productive. We still think Woodhead's injury just opens the door for Melvin Gordon to do more -- and he's looked fantastic this year.
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Chargers | Danny Woodhead placed on IR (Mon Sep 19, 04:33 PM) - Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list with a torn anterior cruciate ligament Monday, Sept. 19.

Our View: We hate to see this, especially since the Chargers lost WR Keenan Allen for the season after Week 1. Woodhead was a key piece of the offense, and now the team will turn to Melvin Gordon to do more. He's responded with a great start to the 2016 season so far. Kenneth Farrow and Andre Williams will compete for spots in the pecking order behind Gordon.
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Chargers | Danny Woodhead likely out for season (Mon Sep 19, 02:48 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (knee) is reportedly still awaiting MRI results, but the team is 'pretty certain' he tore his ACL in a Week 2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Our View: Just terrible news here. The Chargers lost a key weapon in WR Keenan Allen last week, and this week another big piece of the offense is done. Without Woodhead, we should see second-year pro Melvin Gordon step into an even larger role.
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Chargers | Danny Woodhead helped off (Sun Sep 18, 04:52 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (knee) was carried off the field, Sunday, Sept. 18, unable to put any weight on his injured knee. Woodhead was being evaluated by team trainers on the sideline before a cart brought him into the locker room for further testing.

Our View: If Woodhead can return in a month or so, it should be considered a victory. The injury looked like a potential season-ender, and it should open up Melvin Gordon to have an RB1 ceiling every week, although it's another blow to Philip Rivers and the San Diego offense as a whole.

Chargers | Melvin Gordon not benched in Week 1 (Sat Sep 17, 03:04 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon drew compliments from offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt for his play in Week 1 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Whisenhunt insists Gordon was mostly the victim of circumstance, suggesting San Diego had an effective personnel grouping including Danny Woodhead that got the offense into third-and-manageable situations in the second half.

Our View: Gordon got into the end zone twice in Week 1, and the team could lean on him more going forward. The second-year pro was drafted in the first round to be their lead back, and they may use him more now that WR Keenan Allen is out for the year.
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