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Ronnie Brown could get plenty of work while Ryan Mathews is out

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After a 2011 season in which he was a largely forgotten man in Philadelphia, Ronnie Brown may start the 2012 season as a workhorse back in San Diego.

The Chargers’ starting running back, Ryan Mathews, is dealing with a broken clavicle that is expected to keep him out for at least the first week of the regular season. And U-T San Diego reports that Chargers coach Norv Turner likes Brown enough that he could give Brown 20 carries a game while Mathews is out.

“I’d like to think that someone will emerge,” Turner said of the Chargers’ running backs, “that we’ll feel good enough about someone where they can get 20 carries.”

Asked about Brown being that someone, Turner said, “Yeah. He could be the guy.”

The 30-year-old Brown had just 42 carries for 136 yards all year in 2011, and he has only 30 yards on 10 carries through three games of the preseason. But the Chargers signed Brown with the idea that they wanted a capable back if Mathews went down, and if Mathews can’t play in the opening Monday night in Oakland.

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22 Responses to “Ronnie Brown could get plenty of work while Ryan Mathews is out”
  1. manwhorzzz says: Aug 30, 2012 3:31 PM

    i was hoping norv would put in the big house leron mcclain. its gonna be a long season for the bolts either way. and yeah im a homer, i drafted Ryan Mathews on my fantasy team but some sniper grabbed brown before i could snag him so now im a leron mcclain fan!

  2. themrirrelevant says: Aug 30, 2012 3:33 PM

    Ronnie Brown the perfect workhorse running back to ensure the safety of an injury riddled starter.

  3. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 30, 2012 3:47 PM

    The reason Ronnie Brown only had 42 carries for 136 yards last year was because 38 of those were awful………….including the fumble/botched pass at the goal line which should have made the 2011 lowlight reel!!!

    If the Chargers start this guy I feel bad for the fans in SD.

    Trade for a RB now.

  4. orangebluedonkey says: Aug 30, 2012 3:48 PM

    I should have named my fantasy team “the injured or holdouts”

  5. ambitoos says: Aug 30, 2012 4:00 PM

    Nobody is going to have a good season if they don’t get that O line fixed. Hopefully they can pick somebody up to back up Gaither other than rookie Harris. Maybe they can after the 75 man cuts.

  6. gumbogumbo says: Aug 30, 2012 4:00 PM

    “The 30-year-old Brown had just 42 carries for 136 yards all year in 2011, and he has only 30 yards on 10 carries through three games of the preseason.”

    And 1 pass attempt…

  7. anbesanegus says: Aug 30, 2012 4:04 PM

    Laron McClain true work horse he proved it Baltimore give him a chance!

  8. bennyb82 says: Aug 30, 2012 4:10 PM

    You would think that the Chargers would try to make a trade with a team with several good backs. For example, Carolina has Stewart and Williams. They could go for Tolbert…oh wait.

  9. onepointtwentyonejiggawatts says: Aug 30, 2012 4:16 PM

    How much can we really expect from this offense anyway? The alleged greatness of Norval’s signal calling has been about as inspiring as bread mold. Another solid move for the Lord of No Rings.

  10. humb0lt says: Aug 30, 2012 4:20 PM

    Mathews could be back as early as Week 2. The Chargers’ season opener is a cake walk so it doesn’t matter who carries the RB load.

  11. rockthered1286 says: Aug 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    Chargers lean too heavily on the Ravens sloppy seconds. First it was Gaither whose proven that he can play when he wants but now that he has his money he’s back riding pine. Then they pick up LeRon who had a good year a few years back solely due to a great O-line (there’s a reason after his probowl season nobody signed him as a rb and instead had minimal carries as a fb/5th string rb) and well JJ… he’s great don’t get me wrong, they just big time overpaid.

    Unfortunately, we got stuck with the worst Charger of all…Cam Cameron. Ouch.

  12. sanityinsd says: Aug 30, 2012 4:33 PM

    I would prefer Le’Ron McClain or Curtis Brinkley over Ronnie Brown.

    McClain has power and Brinkley has a nice burst of speed.

    Brown has neither.

  13. sanityinsd says: Aug 30, 2012 4:36 PM

    @rockthered

    Don’t forget Antwan Barnes. He too was a Raven and only had 11 sacks last year in limited appearances.

    Oh wait…

  14. whoaleckna says: Aug 30, 2012 4:42 PM

    Le’ron McClain!! The new Tolbert. He should finally get a chance to carry the rock again (that’s why he choose San Diego).

  15. deadeye says: Aug 30, 2012 5:02 PM

    Ronnie Brown = Washed Up

  16. trevor123698 says: Aug 30, 2012 5:05 PM

    my $ is on jackie battle. ronnie brown is a backup even to him

  17. doe22us says: Aug 30, 2012 5:39 PM

    Ronnie is done.

  18. danfoutsbeard619 says: Aug 30, 2012 6:02 PM

    I say they wait until the 49ers cut Anthony Dixon, theyll get a good look at him in tonights game. With Gore, Jacobs, Kendall Hunter and Lamichael James I think Dixon is the odd man out, hes a good power back that could complement Brinkley until Mathews comes back in week 2 or 3 then cut Brown

  19. brassknuckles47 says: Aug 30, 2012 6:03 PM

    Le’ron McClain. Dude…..time to get in Norv’s face for more touches!

  20. insanelomein2 says: Aug 30, 2012 6:23 PM

    Doesnt matter who the backup RB is, come this time next season Andy Reid will be the Chargers HC and he doesn’t run the ball.

  21. chargrz says: Aug 30, 2012 7:17 PM

    The Chargers are a bad team getting worse by the day. No way Norv makes it a whole season. Gonna be hard to watch as The Chargers will be around 6-10. Last place. Same old Chargers. Too bad we cannot fire the owners. They are the problem. BTW, Mathews is a joke! Wuss

  22. raiderapologist says: Aug 31, 2012 3:44 PM

    humb0lt says: Aug 30, 2012 4:20 PM

    Mathews could be back as early as Week 2. The Chargers’ season opener is a cake walk so it doesn’t matter who carries the RB load.
    —————
    hump has been bumping his gums all summer over this game. Beating the Raiders must be a mountaintop moment for Charger fans.

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