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24 Ryan Mathews RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/220 | Birthdate: 10/10/1987 | Birthplace: Riverside, CA, USA | Team: San Diego | College: Fresno State | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 84/11 | Average Draft Position: 47.75
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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews could return Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) There's a chance Chargers running back Ryan Mathews will return Week 9, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"That's in my head," Mathews said. "I'm just going keep doing my treatment this week, come back on Monday, and see what they say." Mathews has missed six straight games due to an MCL sprain. Mathews was able to put in some work prior to Thursday night's game, though he was not a candidate to play. He seemed to handle the workout well. 


Branden Oliver now looking like less of a sure thing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) After taking the league by storm with consecutive 100-yard rushing games, Chargers running back Branden Oliver has come back to earth over the last two weeks.

Oliver rushed for just 36 yards on 13 carries in Week 8 against the Broncos, his second straight game with six or fewer Fantasy points. Though it looked like he might take the starting job and run with it, Oliver's struggles over the last two games should leave the door open for Ryan Mathews to take on a solid role when he comes back from his knee injury -- whenever that might be.

As long as Mathews remains out, Oliver will be the go-to back in San Diego, but this is something to keep an eye on. He could remain useful in the Danny Woodhead role, however, even when Mathews is back, so don't expect Oliver to lose all his value. But he has a tough matchup on the way in Week with a Dolphins defense that is allowing just 3.70 yards per carry to running backs on the way.  


Chargers list inactives for Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) The Chargers have made CB Steve Williams, RB Ryan Mathews, CB Brandon Flowers, RB Donald Brown, LB Manti Te'o, LB Jeremiah Attaochu and DE Cordarro Law inactive Week 8 against the Broncos.

Mathews, Flowers, Brown and Te'o had all been ruled out prior to Thursday, so the moves shouldn't come as a surprise. Attaochu was considered doubtful, while Williams was questionable. Law was not listed on the injury report coming into the contest. 


Flowers, Brown, Mathews among Chargers to sit out Week 8


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) The Chargers released their Week 8 injury report for Thursday's game against the Broncos, and running back Donald Brown (concussion), running back Ryan Mathews (knee) and cornerback Brandon Flowers (concussion) were all ruled out. Linebacker Manti Te'o was also ruled out due to a foot injury.

The team also listed linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) as doubtful, and cornerback Jason Verrett (shoulder) and cornerback Steve Williams (groin) as questionable. Four players were listed as probable -- linebacker Kavell Conner (ankle), tackle D.J. Fluker (ankle), linebacker Dwight Freeney (probable) and offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger (back).


Ryan Mathews, Donald Brown still sidelined Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Chargers running backs Ryan Mathews (knee) and Donald Brown (concussion) did not practice Tuesday, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Neither is expected to play Thursday at Denver, leaving Branden Oliver as the lead back.

Chargers announce Week 7 inactives vs. Chiefs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Chargers have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 7 matchup with the Chiefs: cornerback Jason Verrett (shoulder), running backs Ryan Mathews (knee) and Donald Brown (concussion), linebackers Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and Manti Te'o (foot), wide receiver Dontrelle Inman and defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews.

The two running backs and Te'o were ruled out on the team's final injury report, while Attaochu was doubtful to play. Verrett is inactive after being questionable on the final injury report, but cornerback Brandon Flowers (groin) and linebackers Dwight Freeney (knee) and Cordarro Law (ankle) are all active after also being questionable.

Five Chargers are active after drawing a probable tag, including wide receiver Eddie Royal (elbow), linebacker Reggie Walker (ankle), cornerback Shareece Wright (knee) and offensive linemen D.J. Fluker (ankle) and Rich Ohrnberger (back).


Chargers RB Ryan Mathews sees stop sign again for Week 7


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) As expected, Chargers featured back Ryan Mathews is again inactive Sunday for their game against Kansas City. He has been out since Week 3 with a knee injury.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews not yet cleared to run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (knee) has yet to be cleared to resume running, U-T San Diego reports.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time," Mathews said Wednesday. "When they think it's time for me to start running, then it's time to start running. It's all in their hands."

Mathews has been out for slightly longer than a month with an MCL sprain. The team has no reason to rush him back with Branden Oliver emerging as a threat at the running back position.


Chargers reveal Week 6 inactives


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) The following players have been ruled inactive for the Chargers Week 6 against the Raiders: Steve Williams, Ryan Mathews, Shareece Wright, Donald Brown, Manti Te'o, Reggie Walker, and Cordarro Law.

Chargers list 16 players on Week 6 injury report


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) The Chargers listed 16 players on their final injury report leading up to Week 6 at Oakland. Running backs Donald Brown (concussion) and Ryan Mathews (knee), along with linebacker Manti Te'o (foot) and cornerback Shareece Wright (knee) were ruled out for Sunday.

Deemed questionable were the following players: wide receiver Malcom Floyd (calf), tackle D.J. Fluker (ankle), outside linebackers Jarret Johnson (back, ankle) and Cordarro Law (ankle), offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger (back), safety Darrell Stuckey (quad) and linebacker Reggie Walker (ankle).

Wide receiver Keenan Allen (quad), outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and Dwight Freeney (knee), inside linebacker Donald Butler (shoulder) and tight end David Johnson (knee, shoulder) were the only players ruled probable for the game.


Chargers officially rule Donald Brown, Ryan Mathews out for Week 6


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) As expected, the Chargers officially ruled running backs Donald Brown and Ryan Mathews out for Week 6 at Oakland, the team announced. Brown suffered a concussion in Week 5 and has yet to pass the league's concussion protocol. Mathews is working his way back from a knee injury that has kept him sidelined since Week 2. He could be a few weeks away from returning to action.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews not up-and-running yet


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Chargers featured back Ryan Mathews, who has been sidelined since Week 3 with a knee injury, has yet to begin running, per the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Mathews is making progress, but is likely to miss at least two more games before returning to game action.


Remain patient with Ryan Mathews


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Fantasy owners waiting for Ryan Mathews to return from his knee injury will need to be a bit more patient, as U-T San Diego reports he is likely to miss at least one and possibly two more games, including Week 6 against the Raiders.

The emergence of Branden Oliver might lessen the pain of Mathews' absence, but this team badly needs Mathews back. Donald Brown has flopped in his turn as the primary option, so there is little reason to think Mathews won't get the job back when he returns. Though Oliver looked good in Week 5, he has a limited track record of success and should not be much of a road block to Mathews getting his job back.

The Chargers like to use multiple running backs in their offense, and Oliver could fit into the Danny Woodhead role. Even playing alongside Woodhead, Mathews still managed 90 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns a year ago, so don't worry about his role. Just get healthy, Ryan. 


Chargers list inactives for Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Chargers have made LB Jeremiah Attaochu , RB Ryan Mathews, LB Manti Te'o , LB Reggie Walker, CB Shareece Wright, WR Dontrelle Inman and OL Rich Ohrnberger inactive Week 5 against the Jets.

Inman is the only healthy scratch of the bunch. The other six players on the injury report had previously been ruled out prior to Sunday. 


Chargers release final Week 5 injury report


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) The Chargers listed three players as questionable to play in Week 5 on Friday's final injury report, including linebacker Dwight Freeney (knee), defensive tackle Corey Liuget (concussion) and tight end David Johnson (shoudler).

Freeney didn't practice Thursday but was able to work in limited fashion on Wednesday and Friday. Johnson and Liuget returned to a full practice Friday.

The Chargers listed five players as probable to face the Jets in Week 5, including tight end Ladarius Green (hamstring), cornerback Jason Verrett (hamstring) and linebackers Donald Butler (shoulder), Jarret Johnson (shoulder) and Cordarro Law (ankle).

The following players have been ruled out for Week 5 action: running back Ryan Mathews (knee), offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger (back), cornerback Shareece Wright (knee) and linebackers Manti Te'o (foot), Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring) and Reggie Walker (ankle).


Chargers Week 4 inactives


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Chargers have made Jason Verrett, Ryan Mathews, Manti Te'o , Reggie Walker, Rich Ohrnberger, David Johnson and Jeremiah Attaochu inactive for Week 4 against the Jaguars.

Mathews, Te'o and Walker had already been ruled out prior to the final injury report. Ohrnberger was listed as doubtful coming into the contest. 


Ryan Mathews officially out for Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) As expected, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was officially ruled out for Week 4 against Jacksonville. Mathews suffered an MCL sprain in Week 2 which is expected to keep him sidelined for at least 3-4 more weeks. 

Chargers unveil Week 3 inactives


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Chargers listed six players on their inactives for Week 3 against the Bills, after moving Melvin Ingram to injured reserve.

Wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, defensive backs Chris Davis and Steve Williams, running back Ryan Mathews, and defensive linemen Ricardo Mathews and Ryan Carrethers are all inactive for Sunday's game.  


Chargers confirm MCL sprain for Ryan Mathews


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Chargers coach Mike McCoy confirmed Ryan Mathews' sprained MCL in his Monday press conference, after reports surfaced that an MRI showed Mathews suffered the injury Sunday.

Mathews is expected to miss four or more weeks as a result of the injury, which will not require surgery. 


Report: MRI confirms MCL sprain for Ryan Mathews


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews had an MRI taken on his right knee Monday, and NFL.com reports the exam carried with it bad news.

According to the report, Mathews has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL that could keep him out 4-5 weeks, though the team has not yet confirmed the results at this time.

The Chargers don't have a bye until Week 10, so whatever time Mathews misses will come with an associated game missed. This timetable likely puts him out until at least Week 7 against Kansas City.


Report: Ryan Mathews has sprained MCL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The early diagnosis on Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is that he suffered a sprained MCL, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Mathews was carted off in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Seahawks.

Mathews will undergo further tests Monday, the report said. If the the initial diagnosis proves correct, Mathews could return within a month or so.


Ryan Mathews struggles before knee injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews had a tough game Sunday against the Seahawks.

Mathews gained 31 yards on 11 carries. He caught two passes for 26 yards. Mathews had to be carted off the field after recovering a fumble. He managed to come up with the ball, but injured his right knee on the play. Mathews is set to have an MRI on his knee Monday.

The Chargers take on the Bills Week 3 if Mathews can go. 


Ryan Mathews carted off Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was carted off the field Sunday.

Mathews fumbled on a handoff from Philip Rivers, and appeared to injury his leg while recovering the ball. The team announced Mathews is dealing with a knee injury. His return is questionable. 


Ryan Mathews salvages tough night with 20-yard TD run


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, who ended last season with four touchdowns in his final six games, found the end zone Week 1 at Arizona on a nifty 20-yard run in the third quarter. That was the highlight for Mathews as the swarming Cardinals limited him to 60 total yards.

Mathews carried 12 times for 40 yards (3.3 ypc) and caught both his targets for 20 yards. He'll face the Seahawks in Week 2.


Ryan Mathews leads a crowded backfield


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews played 16 games for the first time in his career last season. He rushed for a career-high 1,255 yards, scored seven total touchdowns, and finished as the No. 12 Fantasy running back.

Mathews opens the season Monday night against Arizona, the league's stingiest run defense last year. The Cardinals allowed an NFL-low 84.4 rushing yards per game while giving up 3.7 yards per carry (tied for second). But their defense is not quite as tough now due to injuries, defections and linebacker Daryl Washington's suspension.

The bigger concern for Mathews is San Diego's three-headed backfield monster. When running backs coach Ollie Wilson was asked about the team signing Donald Brown to join Mathews and Danny Woodhead, he said, "There is no such thing as a featured back any more."

Mathews still will get most of the early-down work and goal-line carries. Consider him a low-end RB2 in Week 1.