Oliver -- who is dealing with turf toe -- was on crutches, with his right foot in a protective boot Monday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. If Oliver is forced to miss time, Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead should pick up some extra snaps in the Chargers' backfield, with Donald Brown a candidate to be activated for next Monday's game against the Bears.
Oliver rushed four times for 18 yards and caught both of his targets for 16 receiving yards Sunday against the Ravens. Melvin Gordon dominated the backfield, though he only turned his 18 carries into 54 rushing yards. Danny Woodhead also didn't do much, rushing thrice for nine yards and catching two passes for 36 receiving yards. As long as Gordon and Woodhead are healthy, Oliver's fantasy prospects appear limited.
Oliver ran nine times for 35 yards and caught 6-of-7 targets for 39 yards in Sunday's loss to the Raiders. Oliver got the start for Melvin Gordon (ankle), and did receive a healthy number of touches, which is surprising considering that San Diego trailed for the entire game. Gordon did end up playing, but didn't touch the ball until late in the third quarter, finishing with seven carries for 29 yards. Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead racked up tons of stats in garbage time, catching 11-of-12 targets for 75 yards and two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter. In any event, the fact that Gordon played in a blowout (San Diego was down by 31 points when he entered the game) should indicate that his ankle injury is not serious. Thus, Oliver could go back to more of a complimentary role in Week 8 at Baltimore.
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. The rookie back is "tentatively expected to play" this Sunday against the Raiders, per the San Diego Union Tribune. While the Chargers aren't going to stop giving Gordon the ball, it's fair to speculate that he may lose touches to Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead.
Oliver had seven rushes for 23 yards at Green Bay on Sunday. He did not catch a pass. This was the first real action Oliver had seen in three weeks, and it came because Melvin Gordon was benched after two first half fumbles. The Bolts have a lot invested in Gordon, so it's hard to imagine them giving up on him this early in his career, but if he continues to put the ball on the field, Oliver might be see some more action in the coming weeks.
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