Could You Trust Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead if Ryan Mathews Has to Sit?

By Ernie Padaon

Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ronnie  Brown (23) carries the ball on a 58-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter in the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers running game will be huge again this weekend against the Denver Broncos. Ryan Mathews status is up in the air. Mike McCoy and the Chargers staff have been hush-hush about the whole situation since Ryan had been sitting on the sideline in the second half in Cincinnati.

Ryan was limping around on the field during that game. I would assume that his ankle had been bothering him a bit in the second half. Hopefully he will be ready to play on Sunday against the Broncos. Ryan has had some of his best games against the Broncos and he will be needed to pound the rock on Sunday.

If Ryan is limited or even worse, than the Chargers would have to rely on Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead as a duel threat. They would be a much better threat catching the ball out of the backfield, but they don”t have that ability to pound that rock up the middle and gain some tough yards. The Chargers would have to rely on Philip Rivers more to make big plays in the red zone. One of the biggest reasons on why the Chargers have been better in the red zone was their commitment to Ryan Mathews in that area. They would have to find a new threat down there.

Hopefully all is well with Ryan, but if he has to sit out, then Ronnie and Danny will have to step up big. Could you trust in Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead to carry the load if Ryan has to sit out?