Donald Brown RB SD 4 Days1 Comment

Brown, who had seven carries for 21 yards on Sunday against the Seahawks, is in line for increased work since Ryan Mathews is expected to miss 4-to-5 weeks with a sprained MCL, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The Bolts signed Brown in the offseason as insurance for this exact situation, so they will not hesitate to use him liberally for the next several weeks. Danny Woodhead will also likely see his role increase, but count on Brown to be the bigger benefactor from the Mathews injury.

Donald Brown RB SD 5 Days

Brown's teammate Ryan Mathews (knee) is scheduled to undergo an MRI after exiting Sunday's game on a cart, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The Chargers reportedly fear that Mathews suffered a sprained MCL, an injury that typically requires a recovery period in the range of four weeks. Brown, who was previously getting only the occasional spare touch, will likely now work as the Chargers' lead back, though Danny Woodhead is still the go-to guy for obvious passing situations.

Donald Brown RB SD 10 Days

In his regular season debut with the Chargers, Brown had two carries for -2 yards and did not catch a pass.

The Cardinals play tough against the run, and the Bolts didn't really play very well in this one, so Brown's goose egg is not all that surprising. It should be noted that Brown's first snap came on the team's very first third down of the game. That should be a hint as to how San Diego plans to use him going forward.

Donald Brown RB SD 26 Days

Brown had 13 yards on five carries and five yards on one reception in Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers.

So long as Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead are healthy and not fumbling, Brown will likely be limited to a few touches per game. Mathews bounced back from a poor first showing this preseason, while Brown hasn't done much of note. Even if Mathews gets more rest than your average starter, the Chargers' offense probably can't support three useful fantasy options at running back. However, Mathews will likely have to play decently to keep his role, as Brown is being paid rather handsomely for a backup.

Donald Brown RB SD 1 Month

Brown gained 22 yards on three carries in Thursday's preseason opener against the Cowboys.

With Danny Woodhead mostly a threat in the receiving game, Brown would likely handle most of the rushing workload in the event of a Ryan Mathews injury. As is, Brown may have to settle for just a few touches per game, though he's making quite a bit of money for such a role.

Donald Brown RB SD 2 Months

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Donald Brown is ticketed for "grunt work" in San Diego.

The word comes straight from GM Tom Telesco. That is not to say Brown will receive zero touches, but Ryan Mathews will remain the Bolts' primary grinder, with Danny Woodhead monopolizing passing-down looks. Brown will be tasked with picking up blitzes and other dirty work. We wouldn't expect more than 5-6 touches per game.

Donald Brown RB SD 6 Months

The Union-Tribune San Diego projects 5-10 touches per game for Donald Brown this season.

As long as starter and designated "bell cow" Ryan Mathews stays healthy, Brown's role will be relatively minor. Of course, Mathews has missed 10 games through four NFL seasons, has hobbled through countless others and is entering the final year of his contract. The Chargers also project to execute one of the league's more run-heavy schemes. So Brown, who got a $10.5 million contract with $4 million guaranteed, will be well worth owning as a handcuff in fantasy circles.

Donald Brown RB SD 6 Months

Chargers agreed to terms with RB Donald Brown, formerly of the Colts, on a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

The deal includes $4 million guaranteed. With the Chargers already having Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mathews, this one is a definite head scratcher. Mathews is coming off a breakout year, while Woodhead is due just $1.75 million after another strong season. It's worth noting that Bolts GM Tom Telesco is the Colts' former VP of football operations. He clearly has a soft spot for "Dammit Donald," who seemed like a lost cause until picking up the pieces for Trent Richardson last season. He'll likely serve as a deluxe Ronnie Brown, catching passes and picking up blitzes, though he's never been a terribly effective pass protector.

Donald Brown RB SD 6 Months

The Nashville Tennessean's Jim Wyatt "wouldn't be surprised" if the Titans "poked around" free agents Donald Brown and Ben Tate.

Both Tate and Brown have spent the past four years in the Titans' division. Brown shredded Tennessee in two games with the Colts last season, and would be a more logical committee partner for Shonn Greene. Tate would figure to become the Titans' clear feature back. He has far more talent than Greene.

Donald Brown RB SD 8 Months

The Colts are expected to make impending free agent Donald Brown a "reasonable offer."

The light finally flipped on for "Dammit Donald" in his fifth NFL season as he rushed 102 times for 537 yards (5.26 YPC) with six touchdowns. The Colts can't afford to overpay him though, as they've already given up the No. 26 overall pick in the draft for Trent Richardson. Vick Ballard (torn ACL) is also expected to return healthy. Brown is our No. 8 unrestricted free agent running back available.