Ryan Mathews RB SD 2 Months

An early MCL sprain and a late ankle injury limited Mathews to only six games in 2014, and he finished the year with 74 carries for 330 yards and three touchdowns to go along with nine receptions for 69 yards.

After a solid 2013 season which saw Mathews healthy for a full 16-game slate for the first time in his career, there was reason for optimism heading into 2014, but injuries once again reared their ugly head. The 10 games he missed this year were a career high, and even worse, he was not very effective when he was on the field. With the exception of a Week 12 game against Rams in which he ran 12 times for 105 yards and a touchdown, Mathews struggled. He averaged just 45 yards per game and 3.6 YPC in the other five contests. Mathews is an unrestricted free agent heading into 2015, so it will be very interesting to see what happens next for the former first-round draft pick who was supposed to be the heir apparent to LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 2 Months

Mathews (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, the Chargers' official site reports.

With Mathews ruled out, the stage is set for the Chargers to continue to roll with a backfield committee led by Branden Oliver, with Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown also in the mix to a lesser degree.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 2 Months

Mathews (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's estimated practice report, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

At this stage, Mathews looks pretty iffy for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, and if he is forced to miss Week 17's contest, the Chargers would once again roll with a backfield committee led by Branden Oliver, along with Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown to a lesser extent.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 2 Months

Mathews (ankle) was not at Wednesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Per the report, it seems unlikely that Mathews will be available for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, a scenario that would set the stage for the Chargers to once again roll with a backfield committee led by Branden Oliver, with Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown also in the mix.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 2 Months

Mathews (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Mathews hasn't played since Dec. 7 against New England, but the team stated Monday that a return for Week 17 is a "possibility." His absence Tuesday is not overly encouraging, though a final call likely won't be made until later in the week.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 2 Months

Coach Mike McCoy indicated Monday that there is a "possibility" that Mathews (ankle) could play Sunday against the Chiefs, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

While such an outcome is hardly a lock, the notion would be supported by a return to practice on the part of Mathews in the coming days. The running back has missed the Chargers' last two games, with his absence in that span having being filled by a backfield committee led by Branden Oliver, with Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown also in the mix.

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Mathews (ankle) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the 49ers, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

With Mathews out again Saturday, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown (along with Ronnie Brown to a lesser degree) are in line to see added work in the Chargers' Week 16 backfield. Oliver led the team with 12 carries this past Sunday (compared to Donald Brown's five carries and Ronnie Brown's two rushes) and thus looks like the higher-percentage fantasy option this week out of the aforementioned RB trio.

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Mathews (ankle) did not practice again Thursday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Per the report, Mathews wasn't close to playing last Sunday and at this stage his status for Saturday's game against the 49ers is looking cloudy. If Mathews is out again or limited Saturday, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown (along with Ronnie Brown to a lesser degree) would be in line to see added work in the Chargers' Week 16 backfield.

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Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Per the Chargers' official site, Mathews' status for Saturday's game against the 49ers is unclear at this stage. If Mathews is out again this weekend, or limited, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown would be in line to see added work in the Chargers' Week 16 backfield, along with Ronnie Brown to a lesser extent.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 3 Months

Mathews (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

With Mathews out, Ricky Henne of chargers.com relays that Branden Oliver is listed as the team's starter at running back, though Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown, to a lesser degree, are also candidates to see touches in the team's Week 15 backfield as well. Oliver and Donald Brown are thus candidates to help out those scrambling to replace Mathews, but the potential for a time-share makes either back a speculative play on Sunday.