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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.

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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.

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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mathews (ankle) is viewed as doubtful to play Sunday against the Broncos.

Mathews is officially listed as questionable for the contest, but after being listed as a non-participant at practice all week, it looks like he's trending toward sitting out Sunday's game, a 4:05 ET kickoff. In such a scenario, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown would be in line to head the Chargers' Week 15 backfield.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 5 Days

Mathews (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, ESPN.com reports.

Though Mathews did not practice all week, coach Mike McCoy suggested that the running back could still end up suiting up on Sunday. "He'll be fine," McCoy noted Friday. "He's played plenty of football in his career, and he knows what to do. He's been here. He's been in the system for the two years we've been here together, so he'll be fine." In any case, Mathews' status will be worth tracking closely in advance of Sunday's game, and it's possible that a final call on his status may not arrive until shortly before the Chargers' 4:05 ET kickoff. In the event that Mathews is out, or limited at all this weekend, Donald Brown, Branden Oliver and Ronnie Brown, to a lesser degree, would be in line to see added work in the Chargers' Week 15 backfield.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 5 Days

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

We'll have to see how the Chargers officially list Mathews later Friday, but if he is out Sunday against the Broncos, the team would turn to a backfield headed by combo of Donald Brown and Branden Oliver.

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Mathews (ankle) missed practice again Thursday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

We'lll revisit Mathews' status Friday, but if he is out or limited at all in Sunday's 4:05 ET kickoff against the Broncos, Donald Brown and Branden Oliver would be next up for carries in the Chargers' Week 15 offense.

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Mathews missed practice Wednesday due to an ankle issue, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Per coach Mike McCoy, Mathews "was a little sore (Wednesday) morning, so we decided to hold him out." More on Mathews' status no later than Thursday, but his status is worth monitoring closely as Sunday's 4:05 ET kickoff against the Broncos approaches. Branden Oliver and Donald Brown are next up for the Chargers' carries in the event that Mathews is limited or out this weekend.

Ryan Mathews RB SD 7 Days

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

As the report notes, Mathews recorded just two second-half carries in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, with ESPN.com noting that the running back appeared to suffer a right leg injury late in the second quarter of that contest. Next up for touches in the San Diego backfield if Mathews is limited or out this weekend against the Broncos are Branden Oliver and Donald Brown.

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Mathews had 11 carries for 44 yards, adding one reception for four yards on a lone target, in Sunday's 23-14 loss to the Patriots.

Branden Oliver had three carries for one yard, and Donald Brown had five receptions for 49 yards on six targets. Mathews is still the clear lead back for early downs, with Brown handling the majority of work on passing downs. While he's looked solid since returning from a sprained MCL in Week 11, Mathews has a hit-or-miss role in the pass-oriented San Diego offense. Next week's matchup with the Broncos is as tough as they come for said role.

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Mathews (shoulder) had 13 carries for 38 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as one catch on two targets for six receiving yards Sunday against the Ravens.

While the yardage numbers were hardly prolific, Mathews has now scored a touchdown in back-to-back games, as he continues to get a very large percentage of the backfield touches (Brandon Oliver had only one carry Sunday, while Donald Brown got zero). Unfortunately, he's got a tough matchup in Week 14 againt the Patriots, who are allowing the 14th-fewest rushing yards per game, but are tied for the league-lead in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed this season.