McCluster will be placed on the non-football injury list after fracturing his forearm in a household accident and will be out for the remainder of the season, Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The Chargers have been absolutely marred by injuries this season, and McCluster's accident, which involved the movement of luggage, describes their misfortune in a nutshell. McCluster was signed after the loss of Danny Woodhead for the year, and with the former now done for the year, Melvin Gordon, Kenneth Farrow and Derek Watt are the only healthy running backs on San Diego's roster. It remains to be seen who will take over kick and punt return duties for the Chargers, though Travis Benjamin seems like a leading candidate.
McCluster recorded one carry for a one yard loss, and did not catch either of his two targets. Since joining the Chargers near the end of September, McCluster has failed to fill the role that Danny Woodhead (knee) vacated thanks to season-ending injury, recording 35 total yards in five games. So long as Melvin Gordon continues to perform well, McCluster isn't expected to see enough time on the field to warrant any fantasy value.
McCluster caught two passes for 15 yards in the win over the Broncos Thursday. McCluster played just nine offensive snaps Thursday and has yet to exceed more than 16 percent of the offensive snaps in a given game during his time with the Chargers according to Pro Football Reference. Even when Melvin Gordon briefly went down with an injury early in the third quarter, the Chargers opted to use undrafted rookie Kenneth Farrow instead. McCluster still holds limited value in PPR leagues, but even then should only be rostered in deeper leagues.
McCluster (hamstring) is active for Thursday's game against the Broncos. With Melvin Gordon turning into a workhorse following Danny Woodhead's season-ending ACL tear, McCluster has been contained to return duties, despite his track record as a competent pass-catcher. Expect the status quo to rein for the foreseeable future.
McCluster (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Broncos, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego-Union Tribune reports. Though McCluster could in time factor in as a pass-catching threat out of the San Diego backfield with Danny Woodhead not available, thus far he's done more as a returner than as a running back over his first three games as a Charger.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||Kansas City Chiefs||20||23.00|
|5||10/08||@New York Giants||5||13.00|
|8||10/29||@New England Patriots||27||25.00|
|15||12/17||@Kansas City Chiefs||20||23.00|
|16||12/24||@New York Jets||28||25.00|
|3 Year Avg||29||21||164||1||8||7.81||34|