Chargers RB Danny Woodhead feeling healthy after broken fibula
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/15) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is starting to get back to normal this offseason. Woodhead suffered injuries to both his fibula and right ankle, which ended his season in Week 3 in 2014. He believes he's back to healthy and will report to for offseason workouts this week, according to the team's website.
"I feel really, really good," Woodhead said. "I really do. As far as the injury goes, that is something I'm not even thinking about. I'm thinking about trying to get better. I'm focusing on working on what I can do to be better than I was last year. Obviously I wasn't able to play a lot of games, so I should say I want to be better than I was that first season here."
Woodhead totaled over 1,000 all-purpose yards when healthy in 2013 with San Diego and scored eight touchdowns.
"It's been a long process," Woodhead said. "But definitely it makes you hungrier when the game is taken away. It makes you realize how blessed you are to play it. Not that I didn't understand that before, but when it is taken away for such a long amount of time, it makes you even hungrier. You miss being out there with your brothers. I'm excited for this season. I'm always excited, but my mentality might even be younger and hungrier than ever before."
Woodhead injured the ankle when he was tackled on his first run of the game, and the injury will likely require surgery, according to the report. He has been diagnosed with a severe high ankle sprain and fractured fibula, injuries that will likely end his campaign.
At this point, the team has not given an update on his status.
Danny Woodhead carted off, unable to return
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/14) The short-handed Chargers backfield took another hit in Week 3, as Danny Woodhead was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Bills with an ankle injury.
Woodhead went down with an ankle injury on his first carry of the game, a 1-yard run, and had to be carted off the field after falling awkwardly. He was ruled out shortly after going to the locker room, and will likely undergo X-rays to determine the extent of the injury.
The Chargers are back in action in Week 4 against the Jaguars, and Woodhead's availability for next Sunday's game is obviously not known at this point.
Danny Woodhead had a lost season in 2014 after missing 13 games with a broken ankle, but he should return at 100 percent this year with the chance to play at a high level like he did in 2013. He had over 1,000 total yards and eight touchdowns in his first year in San Diego, and he's worth a late-round pick in standard leagues and a mid-round selection in PPR formats after he had 76 catches in 2013. The Chargers have to replace Ryan Mathews, who left as a free agent to Philadelphia, and they could go with a committee of Woodhead, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown. No matter what San Diego does at running back, expect Woodhead's role to remain the same as a change-of-pace rusher and work on passing downs. He's a nice sleeper heading into this season in the majority of leagues, especially PPR formats.