Orlando Sentinel
San Diego Chargers
Position
RB
 
Jersey
24
Name  Ryan Mathews
Born  10/10/1987
Height  6-0
Weight  218
College  Fresno State
1/12/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Update: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews returned to the game moments ago.
Insight: It looks like he's okay. Mathews (ankle) is operating at about 50 percent right now so don't be surprised if he leaves the game for an extended period of time like he did earlier. So far, the 26-year-old has rushed four times for 25 yards.
 
1/12/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: San Diego halfback Ryan Mathews had two carries on the team's first drive of the game Sunday against the Broncos but he hasn't played since.
Insight: Mathews didn't practice all week because of an ankle injury and he's clearly nowhere close to 100 percent. We'd be surprised if he returns to this game. Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown will carry the load with Mathews hobbled.
 
1/12/2014 3:31:00 PM
Description: Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is active for Sunday's playoff game against the Broncos.
Insight: Mathews has been limited in practice for the past few weeks but he hasn't had to miss a game. He rushed for 1,021 yards and six touchdowns on 218 carries (4.7 ypc) over his last 11 games of the year, including 473 yards and three scores in his final four.
 
1/12/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: The Chargers expect Ryan Mathews (ankle) to play in Sunday's playoff game at Denver, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Woodhead would cover for Mathews if he can't go, but Mathews has been limited in practice for the past few weeks and still hasn't missed a game. He rushed for 1,021 yards and six touchdowns on 218 carries (4.7 ypc) over his last 11 games of the year, including 473 yards and three scores the final four.
 
1/10/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: San Diego tailback Ryan Mathews was forced from Sunday's game with an ankle injury and missed all three practices this week.
Insight: Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Woodhead would cover for Mathews if he can't go, but Mathews has been limited in practice for the past few weeks and still hasn't missed a game. He's in the late Sunday game so he'll have the most recovery time possible.
 
1/6/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: San Diego tailback Ryan Mathews was forced from Sunday's game with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Divisional Playoff against Denver.
Insight: It seemed to be an aggravation of an injury he suffered earlier in the season. Danny Woodhead led the team in carries in Mathews' absence, rushing 15 times for 54 yards and one touchdown. Ronnie Brown also saw some extra playing time. This could be a shared situation unless Mathews is back to 100 percent by game-time.
 
1/5/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: San Diego halfback Ryan Mathews was forced from Sunday's game with an ankle injury.
Insight: It seemed to be an aggravation of an injury he suffered earlier in the season. Danny Woodhead led the team in carries in Mathews' absence, rushing 15 times for 54 yards and one touchdown. Ronnie Brown also saw some extra looks, finishing the afternoon with 77 yards on eight totes. The Chargers play in Denver next week. Mathews should be considered questionable for that contest.
 
1/5/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but the team was just protecting their injury-prone back and he's active for Sunday's game with Cincinnati.
Insight: Mathews has been a top running back over the second half of the season and San Diego will need him to play well if they are going to beat Cincinnati on the road in the bad weather.
 
1/2/2014 3:10:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but still is expected to play Sunday against the Bengals.
Insight: Mathews has been a top running back over the second half of the season and San Diego will need him if they are going to beat Cincinnati on the road in the bad weather.
 
12/26/2013 3:26:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but still is expected to play Sunday against the Chiefs, according to coach Mike McCoy.
Insight: Mathews has been a top running back over the second half of the season and against the Chiefs' backups could have another big day.
 
12/25/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice Wednesday but is expected to play Sunday against the Chiefs, according to coach Mike McCoy.
Insight: Mathews has been a top running back over the second half of the season and against the Chiefs' backups could have another big day.
 
12/1/2013 3:21:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (hamstring) will play Sunday against the Bengals.
Insight: Mathews left Week 12 against the Chiefs due to a hamstring injury, but not before producing double-digit fantasy points for the fifth time in his last six games. He's a decent flex play but is also at risk of aggravating his injury so proceed with caution. Danny Woodhead is the better option in San Diego's backfield.
 
11/28/2013 3:09:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (hamstring) practiced Thursday, according to Michael Gehlken of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Mathews left Week 12 against the Chiefs due to a hamstring injury, but not before producing double-digit fantasy points for the fifth time in his last six games. He'll be a decent flex play if he is active Sunday, but he is also at risk of aggravating the injury so proceed with caution.
 
11/28/2013 2:16:00 PM
Description: According to Eric D. Williams of espn.com, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (hamstring) "should be fine and ready" to play Sunday against the Bengals.
Insight: Mathews left Week 12 against the Chiefs due to a hamstring injury, but not before producing double-digit fantasy points for the fifth time in his last six games. He'll be a decent flex play if he is active Sunday, but he is also at risk of aggravating the injury so proceed with caution.
 
11/27/2013 2:34:00 PM
Description: Chargers halfback Ryan Mathews didn't practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Michael Gehlken, San Diego Union-Tribune
Insight: Mathews sat out with a hamstring injury. Head coach Mike McCoy is hoping to have Mathews back for Sunday's game but if he can't go, scat back Danny Woodhead will have a chance to see a big workload against the Bengals.
 
11/27/2013 10:13:00 AM
Description: San Diego halfback Ryan Mathews hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's game against Cincinnati. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Mathews aggravated a hamstring injury in Sunday's come-from-behind win over Kansas City. He's getting closer to his second career 1,000-yard season (721 yards with five games to go). If Mathews is inactive or limited at all on Sunday, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown will handle most of the carries.
 
11/24/2013 3:44:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews left Sunday's game against Kansas City with a hamstring injury.
Insight: He's questionable to return. Mathews has been a much better fantasy option of late and had already accumulated 65 yards and a rushing touchdown before leaving. Danny Woodhead should get most of the work the rest of the way with Ronnie Brown as his backup.
 
10/20/2013 6:22:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews has quietly turned into a reliable option for San Diego.
Insight: Mathews has carried the ball at least 16 times in five of the last six games, and the one game he didn't he left early with a concussion. He's had 43 carries for 212 yards and a touchdown the last two games as the Chargers have found a way to keep both Mathews and Danny Woodhead involved.
 
10/12/2013 9:04:00 PM
Description: Ryan Mathews practiced again Saturday and is now listed as probable for Monday's game against the Colts.
Insight: Mathews has recovered fully from the concussion he suffered last week against the Raiders. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1 and rarely plays on passing downs thanks to the emergence of Danny Woodhead. Only start Mathews if you're desperate to fill a flex position.
 
10/11/2013 4:42:00 PM
Description: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (concussion) returned to practice Friday.
Insight: The Chargers play Monday night against the Colts so he has an extra to get ready for the game, but fantasy owners can avoid him. Danny Woodhead has been stealing snaps and putting up better fantasy numbers and Mathews' status likely won't be decided until Sunday night or Monday morning.