• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Chargers running back Donald Brown released Saturday

    Running back Donald Brown was released by the Chargers on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.The Chargers would apparently like to re-sign Brown next week, but they needed an offensive lineman and Brown is not subject to waivers. Dreamius Smith is now the team's No. 4 running back.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Chargers confirm they want RB Donald Brown back for 2015

    Chargers general manager Tom Telesco confirmed the team will bring back running back Donald Brown, who is under contract for one more season. Brown ran 85 times for 223 yards, averaging a career-low 2.6 yards per carry, and caught 29 passes for 211 yards. He did not score.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Chargers RB Ryan Mathews gets the red-light for Week 17

    Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was officially ruled out for Sunday's regular season finale at Kansas City, per the team's official website. Mathews' 2014 regular season campaign comes to an end after appearing in only six games, registering 330 yards and three touchdowns on 74 attempts on the ground. Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown will all shoulder the load in the running game. According to Vegas Insiders, the Chargers are a 1-point underdog at Kansas City. San Diego can clinch a playoff spot with a win on Sunday.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) still sidelined

    Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) was unable to practice again Wednesday as the team prepared for Sunday's game at Kansas City. Mathews has missed two straight games and nine overall this year. If Mathews can't play, Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown would share backfield duties. The Chargers are 3-point underdogs.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Branden Oliver heads Chargers rushing attack in Week 16 win

    Chargers running back Branden Oliver lead the running-back committee Saturday, racking up 53 yards on 13 carries and adding three receptions for 28 yards. Oliver showed plenty of burst while continually churning out positive plays, leading the running-back carousel with 16 of the Chargers backs' 29 touches. Ronnie Brown managed to pick up 33 yards on seven carries while adding a nine-yard reception, and Donald Brown delivered 12 yards on four carries as well as a four-yard reception. If starter Ryan Mathews cannot play in Week 17, Oliver figures to once again lead a multifaceted rushing attack. The Chargers will square off with the Chiefs next Sunday.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Chargers RB Ryan Mathews could miss last two games

    Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) missed his second straight practice Thursday ahead of Saturday's visit to San Francisco. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, it's unclear if Mathews will return during the regular season. Running backs Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will carry the load against the 49ers, assuming Mathews sits out. Mathews has played in just six games this year.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Chargers list Donald Brown as questionable to return Sunday

    After leaving Sunday's game against the Broncos with an elbow injury, Chargers linebacker Donald Brown is questionable to return, the team announced.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Report: Chargers' Ryan Mathews highly doubtful to play Week 15

    Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, who is listed as questionable for Week 15 vs. Denver due to an ankle injury, is highly doubtful to play Sunday, a source told NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport. Mathews was not able to do much in practice during the week. Mathews has been limited to six games this season due to injury. Donald Brown and Branden Oliver would likely pick up most of the slack in the running game, if Mathews is sidelined.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Malcom Floyd leads quiet Chargers receiving night vs. Patriots

    Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd caught three of his six targets for a team-high 54 yards and one touchdown in his team's 23-14 loss to the Patriots in Week 14. Floyd made an excellent play on a slightly overthrown ball after beating his man early in the second quarter, hauling in a 15-yard touchdown to put the Chargers ahead for the first time Sunday. They would maintain that lead until the fourth quarter, where they surrendered 10 points and took the loss. Running back Donald Brown and tight end Antonio Gates shared the team lead in receptions, with both players hauling in five passes. Brown gained 49 yards on six targets while Gates managed just 34 yards on eight targets. Eddie Royal caught just two of his five targets for 30 yards, while nominal No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen was held to three yards on two receptions. The Chargers will certainly be looking for a better effort by the passing game in the team's Week 15 matchup with the Broncos.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Chargers get minor contributions from role players Week 13

    The Chargers received minor contributions from several role players during Sunday's win over the Ravens in Week 13. Branden Oliver backed up Ryan Mathews on the day but only registered one carry for a gain of 7 yards. Donald Brown caught his only target for a gain of 6 yards. Meanwhile, Ladarius Green caught both of his targets for only 1 yard.