The Patriots released Brown (hamstring) with an injury settlement, the Boston Herald reports.
Brown has missed three weeks of practice and the injury settlement suggests that the veteran back is dealing with a lingering injury. Either way, with Dion Lewis set to miss time, the move leaves the likes of Tyler Gaffney, D.J. Foster and Joey Iosefa competing for roster slotting in the New England backfield behind LeGarrette Blount, James White and Brandon Bolden.
Brown (hamstring) has yet to resume practicing fully, the Providence Journal reports.
Though present for the initial portion of Monday's session, Brown subsequently worked on his conditioning on a different field, while his teammates continued practice. Though the veteran has been slowed by his latest nagging injury, his chances of making the Patriots may have been boosted by news that fellow RB Dion Lewis will miss time with a knee injury. Brown's experience and versatility could make him a useful backup to power back LeGarrette Blount, as well as the team's top healthy change-of-pace man, James White.
Brown (hamstring) did not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears.
Brown and undrafted rookie D.J. Foster continue to miss time, with the duo's chances of making a run at sticking with the Patriots hinging on their ability to get back into action in short order.
Brown (hamstring) got some individual work in on Sunday, WEEI.com reports.
Brown did not play Thursday against the Saints in the Patriots' preseason opener as he continues to nurse a hamstring issue. While there hasn't been any indication that Brown's injury is significant, the sooner the veteran back gets up to speed, the better, in terms of his chances of securing a role in the New England backfield.
Brown (hamstring) didn't participate in team drills Monday, the Boston Herald reports.
Brown needs to get and stay healthy in order to secure a roster spot with the Patriots, but the Boston Herald notes that coach Bill Belichick has "praised Brown's intelligence and speed and noted that the veteran back is "a pleasure to coach." Assuming Brown sticks with the team, what his role might be out of the gate continues to rest in great part on the health and production of returnees LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis, who are both bouncing back from injuries that slowed them last season.
Brown (hamstring) missed practice Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.
With Brown, Dion Lewis, D.J. Foster and Brandon Bolden all absent Thursday, Tyler Gaffney and James White saw added practice reps. Once Brown returns to the field, he'll look to secure a role in the Patriots' backfield. Assuming he sticks with the team, what said role might be rests largely on the health/performance of returnees LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis, who are both bouncing back from injuries.
The Patriots have signed Brown, ESPN.com reports.
With LeGarrette Blount currently a free agent and Dion Lewis coming off a torn ACL, Brown bolsters the Patriots' backfield depth, joining the likes of James White, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney and Joey Iosefa on that front. While the signing of Brown is not a splashy one, the veteran could be a good fit in the New England offense, with ESPN's Eric Williams describing Brown as a "cerebral player" who "excels in blitz pickup."
The Patriots have reportedly signed Brown.
Brown is thus poised to join a New England running back mix that also includes Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden and Tyler Gaffney, though at this stage, we suspect that the composition of the team's backfield remains fluid. Brown, who will turn 29 in April, recorded 229 rushing yards and a TD on 59 carries in 10 games to go along with eight catches for 88 yards for the Chargers in 2015.
The Charges released Brown on Thursday, Eric Williams of ESPN.com reports.
In an injury-plagued backfield, Brown managed to pick up just 10 percent of the offensive snaps, which equated to 59 carries for 229 yards, eight receptions (on 10 targets) for 88 yards, and one touchdown. As he enters his age-29 offseason, he may find difficulty find further employment.
Brown gained 81 yards on 21 carries and secured two of three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Broncos.
After a run-in with a suffocating Raiders run defense in Week 16, the seven-year veteran bounced back with a productive effort and led the Chargers in rushing for the second time in the last three games. Brown scuffled to a 1.2 yards per carry average versus Oakland, but found enough running room Sunday to average almost four yards per tote and break off a game-long 20-yard run. Now a free agent, it remains to be seen if San Diego will bring back Brown as veteran insurance in 2016. First-round rookie Melvin Gordon looked like a bust before going on injured reserve late in the season, and Danny Woodhead still projects best as a dynamic pass-catching back that only carries the ball 8-10 times per game. Meanwhile, Brown offers a skill set that combines many of the traits of a conventional feature back and Woodhead's receiving ability, which may help carve out a place for him in the San Diego backfield heading into the Chargers' 2016 training camp.
Brown rushed 14 times for 17 yards and a score while catching three of his four targets for 33 yards in Thursday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Raiders.
As expected, Brown was very involved Thursday after Melvin Gordon was placed on IR earlier in the week, but his 1.2 yards per carry left a lot to be desired. He could find the end zone again in the season finale against Denver, but his output next week figures to be very touchdown dependent, as he is unlikely to have much success on a per play basis. Danny Woodhead led the team in total yards, with 55 coming on 11 rushes and 53 via eight catches.
Brown is on track to see an expanded workload down the stretch, with Melvin Gordon headed to IR.
Brown gained 90 yards on 12 carries and caught two passes for 14 yards in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Dolphins, but with Gordon (who had 15 carries before being injured in the contest) now out, Brown looks poised to see his share of early-down work down the stretch in tandem with change-of-pace/pass-catching back, Danny Woodhead.
Brown gained 90 yards on 12 carries and secured two of three targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 30-14 victory over the Dolphins.
Brown emerged from the mothballs he's apparently been preserved in all season to explode on an unsuspecting Dolphins squad. While the Miami defense certainly provided a tantalizing matchup for the Chargers ground game, the general consensus was that the game would potentially serve as rookie Melvin Gordon's long-awaited NFL coming-out party. Instead, it was the seven-year veteran who maximized the opportunity after Gordon exited with a second-quarter knee injury, amassing his best rushing yardage total in just over four years. Brown had not reached the 90-yard mark on the ground since decimating the Titans for 161 yards in Week 15 of the 2011 campaign, and got there Sunday largely on the strength of a dynamic 53-yard scamper to the Dolphins' five-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. With the extent of Gordon's injury still unknown, it remains to be seen what level of usage Brown will receive over the season's final two games.
Brown rushed for 26 yards on seven carries and caught his lone target for 31 yards in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Broncos.
Brown could start to see a little more work, if rookie Melvin Gordon continues to struggle with ball security (he fumbled twice Sunday, losing one). Thus, Brown could make for a decent speculative play in deeper formats, but just keep in mind that he's unlikely to make much of an impact, given all of San Diego's offensive line issues.
Brown had three carries for two yards and did not catch either of the two passes thrown his way in Sunday's win at Jacksonville.
Serving as the number three running back behind Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead, Brown is not expected to make much of an impact unless one of the primary guys suffers an injury.
Brown, who has only been active for two of eight games this season, is ready to step into Branden Oliver's backup role, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Brown's name had been mentioned as a possible trade target before Oliver's season-ending injury, but he is now in the mix for playing time for the Bolts. San Diego features Melvin Gordon on early downs and Danny Woodhead in passing situations, but Brown will serve as the primary backup to both guys, and he is now just one more injury away from seeing significant playing time. Brown is familiar with the Chargers system and is an adept blocker, so the team will not hesitate to use them whenever necessary.
The Chargers have re-signed running back Donald Brown.
The Chargers let Brown go this past Saturday in order to add an offensive lineman for Week 4's game, but he was quickly brought back Monday to bolster the team's backfield depth in advance of next Monday night's contest against the Steelers.
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.
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.
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.