Flowers, Brown, Mathews among Chargers to sit out Week 8
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/22/14) 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.
Ryan Mathews, Donald Brown still sidelined Tuesday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/21/14) 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.
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.
"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.
10/23/2014 10:10 Week 8 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
Shane Vereen sure looked great in his first game of 2014 without Stevan Ridley. Jamey Eisenberg likes his chanes of keeping it going in Week 8 and explains in his Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
10/21/2014 14:30 Playing the Waiver Wire for Week 8
Some new free agents to consider this week, namely Bryce Brown and Tre Mason. Our Jamey Eisenberg shares his favorite targets ahead of Week 8 in his Playing the Waiver Wire.
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.