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  Colts | Indianapolis cuts down to final roster    Sat Sep 1, 06:02 PM

The Indianapolis Colts waived TE Mo Alie-Cox, PK Mike Badgley, CB Juante Baldwin, DT Brandon Banks,C Deyshawn Bond, OT Nick Callender, LB Brandon Chubb, CB Lashard Durr, WR Daurice Fountain, WR Cobi Hamilton, WR Steve Ishmael, WR Seantavius Jones, DT Tomasi Laulile, DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches, CB Henre' Toliver, OG Jeremy Vujnovich, QB Phillip Walker, CB D.J. White, WR Kasen Williams, LB Tyrell Adams, WR K.J. Brent, OT Tyreek Burwell, S Chris Cooper, WR Krishawn Hogan, CB Robert Jackson, S Ronald Martin, S Robenson Therezie, WR James Wright, OT Austin Howard and RB Branden Oliver Saturday, Sept. 1.

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  Colts | Indy adds Branden Oliver, Matt Hazel    Sun Aug 12, 07:31 PM

Free-agent RB Branden Oliver (Chargers) and WR Matt Hazel (Browns) signed with the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Aug. 12. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The team also placed WR Deon Cain (knee) on the Reserve/Injured list and waived WR Dres Anderson.

Footballguys view: Oliver is a solid all-around back, but an achilles tear might have robbed him of his ceiling. Still, with the Colts backfield mostly banged up, it is worth tracking any competent back on the roster - even Christine Michael.

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  Bills | Buffalo interested in Branden Oliver    Fri Jul 13, 04:09 PM

Free-agent RB Branden Oliver (Chargers) is receiving interest from the Buffalo Bills, and the team is looking into scheduling a workout with Oliver, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Oliver is a local hero and the Bills obviously could be in need of help at running back with LeSean McCoy's potential legal troubles. This is still going to be a tough situation for a street free agent to make a fantasy impact this year.

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  Chargers | Week 14 inactives for Chargers    Sun Dec 10, 02:42 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers have declared RB Branden Oliver, QB Cardale Jones, WR Geremy Davis, LB James Onwualu, LB Jerry Attaochu, OT Michael Ola, TE Sean Culkin inactive for Week 14.

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  Chargers | Week 13 inactives for Chargers    Sun Dec 3, 02:43 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers have declared RB Branden Oliver, QB Cardale Jones, DL Corey Liuget, LB James Onwualu, OT Michael Ola, WR Mike Williams, TE Sean Culkin inactive for Week 13.

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  Chargers | Week 12 inactives for Chargers     Thu Nov 23, 03:10 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers have declared RB Branden Oliver, QB Cardale Jones, WR Geremy Davis, LB James Onwualu, LB Jerry Attaochu, OT Michael Ola, TE Sean Culkin inactive for Week 12.

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  Chargers | Week 11 inactives for Chargers    Sun Nov 19, 02:51 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers have declared RB Branden Oliver, DE Chris McCain, WR Geremy Davis, LB Hayes Pullard, LB James Onwualu, OT Joe Barksdale, TE Sean Culkin inactive for Week 11.

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  Chargers | Week 7 inactives for Chargers    Sun Oct 22, 03:08 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers have declared RB Branden Oliver, QB Cardale Jones, DL Corey Liuget, WR Dontrelle Inman, OT Joe Barksdale, TE Sean Culkin, OT Tyler Marz inactive for Week 7.

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  Chargers | LA Chargers' Week 7 injury report    Fri Oct 20, 03:09 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OT Joe Barksdale (foot), DT Corey Liuget (back) and WR Keenan Allen (shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 20, and are listed as questionable for Week 7 versus the Denver Broncos. S Adrian Phillips (neck, concussion) practiced in full while RB Melvin Gordon (shoulder) took part in a limited session Friday; both players are also listed as questionable. C Spencer Pulley (shoulder), LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) and RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) each participated fully in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

Footballguys view: Allen is a new addition to the report after a fall in practice yesterday. The team is hopeful that he will play, but you need to have a backup plan in place if you are starting him.

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  Thursday | Chargers practice report for Thursday    Thu Oct 19, 07:00 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OT Joe Barksdale (foot) and DT Corey Liuget (back) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 19. S Adrian Phillips (neck, concussion) was a limited participant, while C Spencer Pulley (shoulder), LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) and RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) were each able to practice in full.

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  Chargers | Wednesday injury report for Chargers    Wed Oct 18, 07:07 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OT Joe Barksdale (foot) and S Adrian Phillips (neck, concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 18. DT Corey Liuget (back) and C Spencer Pulley (shoulder) were limited. LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) and RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) were full participants.

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  Chargers | Week 6 inactives for Chargers    Sun Oct 15, 03:15 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers have declared RB Branden Oliver, QB Cardale Jones, WR Dontrelle Inman, LB Jerry Attaochu, LB Nigel Harris, TE Sean Culkin, OT Tyler Marz inactive for Week 6.

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Branden Oliver player page
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  Chargers | Week 6 injury report for LAC    Fri Oct 13, 06:28 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) and OT Joe Barksdale (foot) were limited during practice Friday, Oct. 13, and are listed as questionable for Week 6. LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) and RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. LB Nick Dzubnar (elbow), WR Dontrelle Inman (hamstring) and S Adrian Phillips (neck) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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  Chargers | Thursday's Chargers practice report    Thu Oct 12, 07:12 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OT Joe Barksdale (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 12. LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) and RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) were limited participants, while S Adrian Phillips (neck), WR Dontrelle Inman (hamstring) and LB Nick Dzubnar (elbow) practiced in full.

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  Chargers | Wednesday practice report for Chargers    Wed Oct 11, 07:01 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OT Joe Barksdale (foot), LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) and RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) were limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 11. LB Nick Dzubnar (elbow) and S Adrian Phillips (neck) fully participated in practice.

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  Chargers | Week 5 injury report for Chargers    Fri Oct 6, 05:59 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 6, and has been ruled out for Week 5. WR Mike Williams (back) was limited during practice but has been ruled out. LB Jatavis Brown (foot) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. OT Joe Barksdale (foot), TE Sean McGrath (foot) and WR Tyrell Williams (neck) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. OG Matt Slauson (triceps), RB Melvin Gordon (knee) and OT Russell Okung (groin) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver misses another practice    Fri Oct 6, 02:16 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) hasn't practiced this week and is not expected to play Week 5 versus the New York Giants.

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  Chargers | Chargers practice report for Thursday    Thu Oct 5, 08:17 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) and RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 5. OT Joe Barksdale (foot) and WR Mike Smith (back) were limited, while OG Matt Slauson (tricep), TE Sean McGrath (foot) and OT Russell Okung (groin) practiced in full.

Footballguys view: Brown is an excellent all-around linebacker who will be missed if he can't go against the Giants quick-strike passing attack. If Oliver can't go this week, Austin Ekeler will back up Melvin Gordon.

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  Chargers | Wednesday practice report for Chargers    Wed Oct 4, 08:44 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OT Joe Barksdale (foot), LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) and RB Branden Oliver (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 4. OG Matt Slauson (triceps) was limited during practice. TE Sean McGrath (foot) and OT Russell Okung (groin) fully participated in practice.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver totals 12 touches    Sun Sep 24, 09:31 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver rushed eight time for 16 yards in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs and he added four receptions for 18 yards on six targets.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver listed as No. 2 RB    Wed Aug 9, 10:07 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver is listed as the No. 2 running back on the team's first unofficial depth chart.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver impressive in OTAs    Wed May 24, 11:17 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver has caught the attention of QB Philip Rivers this spring.

Footballguys view: Oliver hurt his Achilles' last August and missed the 2016 season. It sounds like he's back to full strength as Rivers was raving about him in OTAs. Oliver will compete with guys like Kenneth Farrow and Kenjon Barner to be the change-of-pace back behind Melvin Gordon.

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  Chargers | Two Chargers RBs could be third down back    Wed May 3, 02:49 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RBs Branden Oliver and Kenjon Barner appear to be the leading candidates for the third down back role this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: Either one could work as a change-of-pace back behind Melvin Gordon. Fantasy owners are looking at Gordon as RB6 (1.10) in 12-team PPR leagues right now. Oliver and/or Barner are going to replace Danny Woodhead (Ravens) this year, and there's a bit of fantasy value there...especially in PPR leagues. We'll watch this battle unfold in training camp.

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  Chargers | Breakout season for Branden Oliver?    Fri Mar 24, 11:29 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver said he was happy to re-sign and believes 2017 could be a breakout season for him.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver re-signs with Chargers    Thu Mar 23, 02:12 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver re-signed to a one-year contract Thursday, March 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: A solid backup who occasionally provided more, Oliver isn't likely to have a big impact next season, but serves as a good safety net for Melvin Gordon owners.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver may return kicks    Sun Feb 19, 03:01 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver should receive a chance to compete for the kick returner job next season if he remains on the roster.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver should return    Tue Jan 17, 10:43 AM

Los Angeles Chargers restricted free-agent RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') has a good chance to return to the team.

Footballguys view: The Chargers could place a low-round tender on Oliver, and they'd likely be able to keep him at that price. When healthy, Oliver could work as a change-of-pace back behind Melvin Gordon. With Danny Woodhead set to be a free agent, the Chargers need a backup plan.

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  Chargers | Two Chargers go to IR     Tue Aug 30, 02:49 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') and OG Donavon Clark (knee) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver tears Achilles' tendon    Sun Aug 28, 07:13 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') will miss the season after tearing his Achilles' against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Aug. 28.

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  Chargers | Torn Achilles feared for Branden Oliver    Sun Aug 28, 03:23 PM

It is believed that San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') tore his Achilles' tendon based on initial tests, according to a source. He will undergo more tests before the diagnosis is official.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver leaves game    Sun Aug 28, 02:32 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (Achilles') suffered an Achilles' tendon injury during the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Aug. 28, and will not return.

Footballguys view: Dreamius Smith and Kenneth Farrow are the next men up and one of them is going to win an opening day roster spot unless the Chargers bring in a veteran released by another team. Oliver is a good all-around back and he was poised to have value if Danny Woodhead or Melvin Gordon got hurt this year.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver looking good    Wed Jun 15, 06:49 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (toe) practiced the way he played before his toe injury Wednesday, June 15, according to The San Diego Tribune's Tom Krasovic.

Footballguys view: Oliver has done a good job when he needed to step up and he could push Melvin Gordon for time if the latter is too slow in recovering from surgery. As of now he's not worth a roster spot, but keep an eye on him if anything goes sideways in Gordon's recovery.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver looking good    Mon Jun 6, 06:15 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (toe) was able to make cuts during organized team activities Monday, June 6, and does not appear to be bothered by the toe injury that ended his 2015 season early.

Footballguys view: Oliver can be a spot starter for the Chargers if needed. He can help lighten the workload of Melvin Gordon as the second-year pro continues to recover from microfracture knee surgery from earlier this year.

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  Chargers | Chargers leaning towards RB committee    Fri May 27, 02:38 PM

San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will each be 'used to their strengths' in the upcoming season in helping comprise a committee, according to running backs coach Ollie Wilson. 'Those guys can do a lot of different things and they have all bought in to working together and having their own role instead of being (angry) not getting all the touches,' he said. 'They understand we don't have just one starter here. They are all part of our scheme and system.'

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners are anticipating this according to the latest ADP for the Chargers backs. The news of Gordon's microfracture knee surgery has caused his draft stock to take a tumble. He currently sits at RB27 (6.07) while Woodhead is at RB24 (5.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | San Diego to use all RBs    Fri May 13, 03:46 PM

San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will all receive playing time in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Footballguys view: Whisenhunt said there will be times that two of the running backs will be on the field at the same time. The team will have packages for each running back so they can put them in positions where they will succeed. This RBBC may be something fantasy owners want to avoid. However, Woodhead should once again provide value for players in PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver placed on IR    Tue Nov 3, 04:12 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (toe) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Footballguys view: Oliver made a splash in 2014 for fantasy owners, but now his 2015 season is over. Look for Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead to continue in their current roles for the Chargers offense.

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  Chargers | Donald Brown staying put    Tue Nov 3, 12:22 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown had interested teams calling about him, but he won't be traded after RB Branden Oliver (toe) was injured.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver in walking boot    Mon Nov 2, 07:12 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver (toe) is wearing a walking boot and is using crutches because of a turf toe injury. He is not sure if he will be able to play in the Week 9 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Nov. 9.

Footballguys view: Turf toe injuries always linger, and we're not expecting much from Oliver if he's able to play by some miracle in Week 9. The Chargers rushing attack isn't robust anyway.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon will play in Week 7    Sun Oct 25, 02:54 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is officially active for the Week 7 game against the Oakland Raiders, but RB Branden Oliver is still expected to receive a larger role on offense.

Footballguys view: Gordon might not be used much unless one of the Chargers other two active backs go down. Keep him on your bench.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver may be more involved    Sun Oct 25, 11:20 AM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver likely will have a bigger role on offense against the Oakland Raiders in Week 7 with RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) not expected to play.

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  Chargers | Branden Oliver may return punts    Sat Sep 19, 10:10 AM

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver likely will be the punt returner against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 since WR Jacoby Jones (ankle) is listed as doubtful for the game.

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  Chargers | San Diego to use committee at RB    Wed Sep 2, 08:07 PM

San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will be part of a committee at running back this season, according to QB Philip Rivers. 'As Coach has always said -- I'm not saying anything out of the blue -- it's a running back by committee crew,' Rivers said. 'It's going to be a team effort in that bunch. We're going to need all of them to carry the load in the run game and to catch the ball out of the backfield.'

Footballguys view: Message! Danny Woodhead is going to produce for PPR fantasy owners. Melvin Gordon is their hot rookie, but he's been struggling to impress in the preseason. As their 2015 first-round pick, Gordon will get every opportunity to prove himself as the lead back. However, he's struggled in pass-protection and is not as good of a receiver as Woodhead is. Start moving Gordon down your draft lists.

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