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How Ryan’s Injury Could Affect The Chargers Roster

By Ernie Padaon

Aug 9, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Curtis Brinkley (36) leaps over the pile to score on a 1 yard run as Green Bay Packers linebacker Terrell Manning (middle left) cannot hold him back during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Oh how the roster can change with one injury. With Ryan Mathews going down with the broken clavicle, another roster spot may be saved for a runningback. Ronnie Brown will be taking the bulk of the first team snaps with Ryan down, but who backs up Brown? Jackie Battle would be listed next on the depth chart and behind him are some youngsters that are fighting to keep a spot on the roster. Curtis Brinkley has the edge for the next roster spot over the rookies Michael Hayes and Edwin Baker. When Ryan was healthy, we likely would have kept 5 backs: Ryan, LeRon McClain, Jacob Hester, Ronnie Brown, Jackie Battle. Now with Ryan out, we may keep 6 on the roster.

The versatility of McClain, Battle and Hester could still keep us at 5 backs. All of them can play fullback or halfback in the offense and that could be enough to keep us above water until Ryan is ready to go again.

If the Chargers decide to keep 6 backs on the roster, then we could be losing someone like Ladarius Green. We would have to cut short at another position and there might not be enough roster spots to keep 4 tight ends. Jacques Cesaire also could be put on notice. Ryan’s injury could mean that we lose another good player on the roster.

Stupid clavicles… who needs them anyway?