Mathews' 2014 regular season campaign comes to an end after appearing in only six games, registering 330 yards and three touchdowns on 74 attempts on the ground. Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown will all shoulder the load in the running game.
According to Vegas Insiders, the Chargers are a 1-point underdog at Kansas City. San Diego can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Sunday.
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) still sidelined
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/14) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) was unable to practice again Wednesday as the team prepared for Sunday's game at Kansas City. Mathews has missed two straight games and nine overall this year.
Both players sat out Sunday's overtime win over San Francisco due to injuries and remain uncertain for Week 17 at Kansas City. On Monday coach Mike McCoy told reporters that there's a possibility Mathews can play Sunday. If Mathews is unable to play, Branden Oliver will get the start while Ronnie Brown and Donald Brown work as second and third stringers, respectively. Eddie Royal, Malcom Floyd and Dontrelle Inman will shoulder the load in the passing game if Allen can't play.
The Chargers opened as a 3-point road underdog. The line has now dropped to 2 1/2 points.
Mathews and Allen were ruled out on the team's final Week 16 injury report, while Carrethers was deemed probable to play. However, the Chargers will have Philip Rivers (chest, back), who was ruled probable, as well as tight end Ladarius Green (ankle, concussion) and defensive tackle Corey Liuget (ankle), both of whom were questionable.
The Chargers are a 1-point underdog in San Francisco Saturday.
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Ryan Mathews had the rebound season many Fantasy owners were hoping for in 2013. But now he has to do it again -- and it won’t be easy. San Diego added Donald Brown as a free agent this offseason and, in theory, Donald Brown will replace Ronnie Brown and allow Mathews the chance to shine. But Donald Brown will be more of a factor this year. It would be a shame to limit Mathews' touches since he was a star last season with 285 carries for 1,255 yards and six touchdowns and 26 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers are saying all the right things about Mathews, who is entering a contract year, and we still consider him a No. 2 Fantasy running back. He is worth drafting in Round 4 and hopefully Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead won't hinder Mathews' progress. We just hope Mathews doesn't suffer a setback because last year he was a surprise sensation, and we'd like to see him do it again.