With Oliver, who injured his Achilles during Sunday's preseason game in Minnesota now on IR, the Chargers' running back depth behind Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead takes a pretty tough hit. The team's current options on that front are Kenneth Farrow and Gus Johnson, but another option could be added in the next few days.
Previously slated to work as San Diego's No. 3 running back, Oliver may have suffered a torn Achilles during Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings. Despite his spot on the depth chart, he actually had a important role in the San Diego offense, capable of replacing both early-down runner Melvin Gordon and passing-down back Danny Woodhead. The Chargers will now look to Dreamius Smith and/or Kenneth Farrow at the bottom of the depth chart. Smith had 13 carries for 31 yards and three catches for 30 yards (four targets) in Sunday's game, whereas Farrow didn't record a touch.
At first glance, this doesn't look good for Oliver, who entered the game as the team's No. 3 back behind Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead. If he's forced to miss time, Dreamius Smith and Kenneth Farrow are next up on the team's depth chart, though with NFL cut-downs looming, there figures to be some other options for the
Oliver did manage to bust open a 12-yard run, but that was about all for the 25-year-old who, like a handful of other key players, didn't play much in the opening preseason game. Oliver, who missed eight games with a turf toe injury last season, still figures to be the primary backup for Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead, so long as he can stay healthy, but competition is present in the form of undrafted rookie Kenneth Farrow, who finished Saturday's contest with 60 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Oliver was placed on IR after Week 8 thanks to a turf toe injury, but the undrafted back from Buffalo looks to be healthy heading into his third training camp with the team. While Oliver isn't expected to receive a majority of the carries to start the year, he's still in line to be the primary backup for starter Melvin Gordon (knee) and versatile receiving threat Danny Woodhead (ankle). Oliver is expected to see some competition for the role in the form of Dreamius Smith and Kenneth Farrow, but it remains to be seen how many running backs the Chargers will keep on the roster heading into the new year.
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|Bye: Week 11|
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