Barner was released by the Chargers on Saturday, Ricky Henne of the team's official site reports. Barner was outperformed by undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler in the preseason, so his release isn't a total surprise. As a vested veteran, Barner is immediately eligible to sign elsewhere.
Barner carried the ball eight times for 28 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the 49ers. He almost fumbled twice. While Thursday marked the most work the 28-year-old has seen all preseason, it wasn't exactly a banner performance as Barner looks to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. With Melvin Gordon and Branden Oliver seemingly locking up their spots on the RB depth chart, and undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler continuing to make a name for himself (103 total yards Thursday), Barner's hope of making the active roster may fall on his abilities as a returner. The Chargers, like every other NFL team, will make a wide sweep of cuts by Saturday, meaning we'll find out soon whether the former Oregon star will stick around for the regular season.
Barner (concussion) returned to action during Sunday's preseason loss to the Saints, Eric Williams of ESPN.com reports. Despite practicing in a limited fashion Thursday, Barner wasn't a candidate to play in preseason Week 2 in the mind of head coach Anthony Lynn on Friday. That said, Barner clearly passed through the final steps of the concussion protocol in the meantime. His performance Sunday was lacking, as evidenced by three carries for minus-one yard and no receptions on one target. His return coincided with RB Kenneth Farrow suffering an ankle injury, though, so the door could be ajar for one of the final spots on the 53-man roster.
Barner (concussion) returned to practice Thursday, Eric Williams of ESPN.com reports. Barner missed practice time earlier this week while in the NFL's concussion protocol. With the 28-year-old now back to work, he could even be in line to play in the team's preseason contest Sunday against the Saints if fully cleared for action by that time. Though clearly behind Melvin Gordon and Brandon Oliver in the Chargers' backfield pecking order, Barner is looking to cement a role with the squad as a change-of-pace back/special-teamer.
Barner is currently going through the NFL's concussion protocol, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. It's unclear exactly when Barner suffered his concussion. Given the nature of the beast, he'll likely miss close to a week, meaning his status for Sunday's preseason contest against the Saints is questionable at best.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.00|
|5||10/08||@New York Giants||11||13.00|
|8||10/29||@New England Patriots||32||32.00|
|15||12/17||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.00|
|16||12/24||@New York Jets||31||28.00|
|3 Year Avg||28||126||1||7||32||0||21|