Chargers Lose Danny Woodhead With Ankle Injury
The San Diego Chargers lost a key offensive player for the second week in a row. Just on week ago, running back Ryan Mathews went down with a knee sprain and was projected to miss the next month of action. Danny Woodhead may not have it so good.
According to reports, Woodhead sustained a dual injury against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, as he fractured his fibula and also sustained the dreaded high ankle sprain. With Mathews already on the shelf, San Diego may not have the luxury of holding Woodhead on the active roster. The 29-year old rusher will almost certainly need surgery and would likely then be placed on season-ending injured reserve. It’s still slightly possible that Woodhead either wouldn’t need surgery or could make it back late in the year, but both notions are looking to be against the odds.
Donald Brown’s Time to Shine
Down two of their top running backs, the offensive backfield belongs solely to Donald Brown going forward, who rushed 31 times for 62 yards in week three. Brown actually performed admirably against a solid Buffalo run defense on the road, while a good chunk of his carries came late in the game when the Bolts were merely trying to run out the clock.
Brown is locked into the starting role from here on until Mathews returns, while he should operate as a true feature back now that Woodhead is gone, too. The Chargers figure to rotate third stringer Brandon Oliver somewhat, while the team is almost certain to bring in outside help for depth.
While the news hasn’t been comforting as of late, at least the Chargers get to take on the winless Jacksonville Jaguars in week four, where Brown should find more running room than he did this past week.
Woodhead Will Be Back
Despite week three probably being Woodhead’s last 2014 action, he should be back with the team in 2015. Woodhead and the Chargers had previously agreed to a contract extension that goes through the 2016 season.
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