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Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:51:07 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown will not return in kicks in Week 3 because the team wants to keep him fresh for his expanded role in the backfield. RB Branden Oliver will return kicks in Brown's place.
Fantasy Tip: Brown was signed in the offseason in case Ryan Matthews suffered an injury, and relieving him of return duties reaffirms the fact that Brown will have a big role in the offense while Matthews is out. His $4,600 salary (9.2% of cap) at FantasyScore makes him very affordable, but with the Chargers facing a Bills defense that has been beaten up by the pass and stout against the run, Brown could struggle to make a significant impact in Week 3.
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:15:57 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown is likely to fill the void as the team's every-down running back with RB Ryan Mathews (knee) sidelined.
Fantasy Tip: Danny Woodhead will be involved, too, especially in passing situations, making him more valuable in PPR leagues. Even with an increased workload, Brown may not be an attractive FantasyScore option in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills on the road.
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:05:20 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown saw most of the snaps after RB Ryan Mathews (knee) went down in the Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks. He finished with seven carries for 21 yards while also added three receptions for 10 yards. RB Danny Woodhead actually led the team with 32 yards on eight rushes, and he had four catches for 28 yards.
Fantasy Tip: Brown and Woodhead should each see increased touches for as long as Mathews is sidelined. Both are decent low-end RB2s or flex plays heading into Week 3.
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:51:22 -0700
San Diego Chargers RBs Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown each saw action on the first three offensive plays from scrimmage in the Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Sept. 8.
Fantasy Tip: FantasyScore owners, and those in weekly leagues, will want to watch this situation all evening. It might be a matter of the hot hand winning the lion's share of the carries. The team has three capable backs, and that kind of situation is maddening for fantasye owners.
Sat, 02 Aug 2014 23:43:25 -0700
The San Diego Chargers' depth chart for its first preseason game includes Notre Dame rookie OG Chris Watt starting at right guard. Free-agent RB Donald Brown is listed as the primary kick returner.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:55:54 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown returned kicks in practice Thursday, July 31.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:07:16 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown has broken a few long runs during training camp.
Fantasy Tip: Brown is a home run hitter and could post decent season-long fantasy numbers, but knowing when to play him will be maddening.
Tue, 27 May 2014 19:37:33 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown showed speed in practice Tuesday, May 27, but he fumbled under pressure and dropped a pass.
Fantasy Tip: It's not a good start for Brown if he plans on taking any snaps from Ryan Mathews or Danny Woodhead.
Tue, 27 May 2014 15:45:48 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was not present at organized team activities Tuesday, May 27, so RBs Danny Woodhead, Donald Brown and Branden Oliver took handoffs and caught passes instead.
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:05:25 -0700
The New York Jets tried to sign San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown at the start of free agency but he decided to sign with the Chargers. Brown was considered the team's top target at running back.
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:19:12 -0700
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said that RB Ryan Mathews remains the team's every-down back despite the signing of RB Donald Brown in free agency. "We know Ryan is our bell cow," Telesco said. "He's our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better."
Fantasy Tip: Mathews figures to be a nice RB2/3 again this year, even with Woodhead and Brown around to steal touches from him in the backfield. Mathews loses some luster in PPR leagues, however, because of the presence of the other two backs for passing situations.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:41:56 -0700
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown will receive a $3.25 million signing bonus and a total of $6.75 million in base salaries spread over the next three seasons. He also can cash in a $500,000 roster bonus in 2016.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:55:22 -0700
Updating a previous report, the San Diego Chargers signed free-agent RB Donald Brown (Colts) to a three-year, $10 million deal Tuesday, March 11.
Fantasy Tip: The move and money involved makes this a bit of a curious move given that the team already has Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead in the backfield. For fantasy purposes, Brown is mostly a deep flier or handcuff option.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:50:45 -0700
The San Diego Chargers are expected to sign free-agent RB Donald Brown (Colts), according to a source. Terms of the deal are undisclosed.
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:12:19 -0800
The Tennessee Titans could express some interest in free-agent RB Ben Tate (Texans) and RB Donald Brown (Colts) this offseason.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:01:03 -0800
The New York Jets may have interest in free-agent RB Donald Brown (Colts), who may be stuck behind RB Trent Richardson on the Colts' depth chart should he return.
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:11:08 -0800
The New York Jets are expected to show interest in Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent RB Donald Brown and Houston Texans impending free-agent RB Ben Tate this offseason.
Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:41:09 -0800
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent RB Donald Brown likely would be behind RBs Vick Ballard and Trent Richardson on the depth chart if he re-signs with the team this offseason.
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:33:31 -0800
The Indianapolis Colts and general manager Ryan Grigson don't regret trading for RB Trent Richardson this year and giving up a first-round pick to acquire him. "It was such a bold and aggressive move and so forth, but really from a football standpoint, we needed a starting running back," Grigson said. "Trent was made available ... I'm glad we have him for the long haul. It was very economically wise as a franchise to make the move given where we're going with the run game." Grigson remains committed to Richardson moving forward, even though RB Donald Brown took the starting job from him this year.
Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:01:59 -0800
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said RB Trent Richardson is still a part of the team's future even though he struggled this season. "He wants to be great. He's got all the talent, he's got all the ability. We would never have done what we did if we didn't believe that. We look for him to have a great offseason and have a great 2014 campaign."
Fantasy Tip: Richardson's fantasy value for next season is uncertain because it is not known what the team will do at the position during the offseason. It is not known if the team will re-sign Donald Brown or if Ahmad Bradshaw will be able to return from his neck injury.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:10:36 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown (stinger) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is listed as probable for Week 16.
Fantasy Tip: Brown should be able to play this week and should be considered a solid flex option for owners.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:29:55 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown (neck) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 19.
Fantasy Tip: Brown should be able to play against the Kansas City Chiefs after dealing with a neck stinger. However, the Colts' offensive line isn't giving him much help. Don't expect anything to change in Week 16. Brown is a flex play, at best.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:19:56 -0800
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said RB Donald Brown (stinger) will be able to participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:33:02 -0800
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said RB Donald Brown (neck) is considered day-to-day because of the stinger he suffered Week 15.
Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:50:07 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown (neck) suffered a stinger in the team's Week 15 game and is considered questionable to return.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 07:05:53 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown played 49 of 65 offensive snaps in Week 13. RB Trent Richardson played just 13 snaps.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 18:04:50 -0800
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Sunday, Dec. 1, that RB Trent Richardson was "awesome" and "a pro" about being demoted from the starting lineup for the Week 13 game against the Tennessee Titans in favor of RB Donald Brown. Richardson managed 19 yards on five carries.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 18:03:50 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown made his first start of the season in Week 13 against the Tennessee Titans. "Donnie earned the opportunity the way he was working and running the football. Felt like, we're still going to use two backs, but earned the opportunity to get in there and that," head coach Chuck Pagano said Sunday, Dec. 1. Brown finished with 54 rushing yards on 14 carries with a touchdown.
Fantasy Tip: Brown is worth a look as a low-end RB2 or flex fantasy play in leagues of 12 or more teams as long as he is in the starting lineup and seeing a majority of the touches in the Indianapolis backfield.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 09:33:45 -0800
The Indianapolis Colts still believe in RB Trent Richardson but are starting RB Donald Brown because he has played well and they have playoff positioning to fight for.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 06:36:07 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson has been demoted on the depth chart, and RB Donald Brown has been named the team's starter.
Fantasy Tip: This news is not much of a surprise as Richardson has struggled of late. Brown should be considered a low-end RB1 moving forward.
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:20:30 -0800
The Indianapolis Colts do not plan to change their usage of their running backs, despite RB Trent Richardson's struggles and RB Donald Brown's success. "We don't plan on changing our rotation with our backs," offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "We've always been a running back by committee bunch, so we're going to continue to do that."
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:28:52 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson said he doesn't think he's having that bad of a season since being traded to the Colts, despite averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. "I'm not frustrated at all because I think I've been playing good," Richardson said. "If you turn on the film, I don't have any missed assignments. I haven't had any missed reads. I've been playing good. Stuff just hasn't matched up like we thought it would when I'm in there. I think teams match up differently when I come in." Head coach Chuck Pagano also somewhat agrees that opposing defenses have sold out against the run when Richardson is on the field. RB Donald Brown remains the complementary back to Richardson, and he's stated his case for a bigger role on offense with his performances the past few weeks.
Fantasy Tip: Whichever way you want to look at it, Brown is gaining momentum and more touches out of the backfield, making Richardson more of a weak RB2 or flex play each week. However, he may retain some value in point-per-reception leagues if they continue to look to get him in space with short passes like they did in Week 11.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:09:34 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown appears to have seized control of the top spot on the depth chart ahead of RB Trent Richardson, and his performance in the Week 11 game against the Tennessee Titans Thursday, Nov. 14, delighted head coach Chuck Pagano. "Donald had an exceptional football game," Pagano said Friday, Nov. 15. "He is playing really well, running hard, hitting the hole, (gaining) yards after contact."
Fantasy Tip: Brown has emerged as a solid RB2 or flex fantasy option, blowing past Richardson, even if Pagano isn't ready to concede the job is Brown's.
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:03:26 -0800
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (ankle) is expected to play in the team's Week 10 game, despite missing two straight days of practice.
Fantasy Tip: T-Rich's value has been down since coming to the Colts, and it's not inspiring that he hasn't practiced yet this week. Donald Brown figures to see plenty of work even if Richardson plays against the St. Louis Rams, and the matchup makes him a nice PPR sleeper. Consider Richardson a weak RB2 or decent RB3 this week.
Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:49:41 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Fantasy Tip: Head coach Chuck Pagano did not mention anything being up with Richardson when he spoke to reporters, so that would point to the idea that nothing major is going on here. If Richardson is slowed at all, Donald Brown would be the main beneficiary.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:54:00 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) will take some time to decide whether to undergo surgery on his neck. "Ahmad has obviously seen several specialist, collected a lot of information," head coach Chuck Pagano said. "He's going to take the next couple of weeks to kind of sit back and decide where he's going to go with this thing. I don't know ultimately where that is. But in the end, it'll be up to Ahmad and the doctors to come to a final decision on what's going to transpire there. He'll be out at least a couple more weeks." RB Trent Richardson will continue as the starting running back, with RBs Donald Brown and Robert Hughes backing him up.
Fantasy Tip: It doesn't look good for Bradshaw's chances of returning anytime soon, let alone this season. Dropping him for more valuable options at this time is probably the right course of action. Brown is worth stashing in deeper leagues as insurance for T-Rich.
Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:24:31 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown's role on offense likely will be limited because of the addition of RB Trent Richardson.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:07:36 -0700
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice Thursday, Sept. 12. He will undergo season-ending surgery and has already been put on Injured Reserve. Ballard was injured in a non-contact drill Thursday. RB Ahmad Bradshaw will now take the lead running back duties, with RB Donald Brown sharing touches.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:28:50 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (knee) will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his knee in practice Thursday, Sept. 12.
Fantasy Tip: This quickens the pace at which Ahmad Bradshaw will get back to a starter's workload. He hasn't looked 100 percent yet, but he's their most capable every-down back. He's a low-end RB2 in most leagues. Unfortunately, Donald Brown will probably steal reps for his occasional big-play ability. He's nothing more than a desperation flex play, however. Also, Indy will probably ink a third carrier that can at least spell these two, perhaps in goal-line spots.
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:47:19 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 6, and is listed as probable for Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: Bradshaw has been dealing with this foot injury for a while but has been able to play with it. He should be considered a No. 2 fantasy running back this week but likely will give up some playing time to Vick Ballard and Donald Brown during the game.
Mon, 02 Sep 2013 05:42:46 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is expected to get the lion's share of the workload in the backfield with RBs Donald Brown and Vick Ballard. "I think he's in a really good place mentally," head coach Chuck Pagano said. "I know physically, he's real close to getting back and hopefully we'll increase his snaps this week and hopefully he's ready for this game."
Fantasy Tip: Bradshaw is a decent RB3, while the other two are mere handcuffs right now.
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:01:03 -0700
Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is expected to use a running-back-by-committee approach this season with RBs Ahmad Bradshaw, Vick Ballard and Donald Brown getting plenty of work.
Fantasy Tip: Running back committees are not the best thing for fantasy owners, but it looks like the Colts are going that route. Bradshaw likely is the most valuable out of the three and should be seen as a No. 3 running back or flex option. Ballard should be a No. 4 or No. 5 running back on fantasy teams while Brown probably should not be taken in drafts.
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:28:04 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RBs Donald Brown and Delone Carter are probably fighting for one roster spot. Kerwynn Williams will have to prove he can help on special teams to boot one of them.
Fantasy Tip: These two are merely waiver-wire material to begin the fantasy season unless an injury opens up time for them. Even then, it'll take plenty of surprising improvement for either to have much fantasy relevance.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:56:59 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) was spotted with his right foot in a walking boot during minicamp practice Wednesday, June 12. He had surgery on the foot six months ago and continues to be brought along slowly in his recovery. He plans to be ready to go when Indy's training camp opens July 27. The Colts see him as more than an occasional contributor, but his role will be clarified the closer they get to Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: Bradshaw will probably be the primary shareholder with Vick Ballard in terms of touches, with Donald Brown likely bringing up the rear. It's a messy situation in which none of these options should be addressed as anything more than an RB3.
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:06:46 -0700
The Indianapolis Colts likely would release RB Delone Carter or RB Donald Brown during the preseason if they are able to sign free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants) at some point.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:09:49 -0700
The Indianapolis Colts are talking with free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants) about a contract.
Fantasy Tip: Bradshaw would be joining Vick Ballard, Donald Brown and Delone Carter in the team's backfield if he signs. It is not known what their roles would be, but Ballard could be a two-down back with Bradshaw being the third-down and change-of-pace back. Ballard probably would be a No. 4 running back while Bradshaw would be a No. 4 running back in point-per-reception league and a No. 5 back in standard leagues.
Wed, 15 May 2013 10:24:31 -0700
Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard is expected to enter training camp as the team's No. 1 running back, but that doesn't mean RB Donald Brown will not also see playing time. Head coach Chuck Pagano sees Ballard as a player who gets stronger as the game wears on, while Brown is considered more of a home run hitter for the offense.
"Can Vick be an every-down guy? Yeah. Can Donnie be an every-down guy? Yeah. They are different types of runners and are more than capable on third down, knowing the protections and picking up blitzers and being effective once they get out to catch the football and doing those things out of the backfield," Pagano said. "Vick is a solid, solid guy; Donnie is a home run hitter," Pagano said. "If he gets the edge and hits a crease, he can take it the distance."
Fantasy Tip: Ballard should be viewed as a third fantasy running back who could have slightly more value in PPR leagues. Brown is a handcuff pick and likely nothing more than a sixth back in deep leagues.
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:48:53 -0800
The Indianapolis Colts placed RB Donald Brown (ankle) and FB Robert Hughes (knee) on the Injured Reserve Tuesday, Dec. 11, and re-signed RBs Deji Karim and Mewelde Moore to the active roster in corresponding moves. Also, the team signed free-agent RB Davin Meggett (Texans) to the practice squad and released RB Alvester Alexander from the practice squad. OG Justin Anderson (undisclosed) was placed on the practice squad injured list.
Sun, 09 Dec 2012 08:51:20 -0800
The Indianapolis Colts have declared OT Bradley Sowell, RB Donald Brown, OL Joe Reitz, DL Kellen Heard, LB Mario Harvey, WR Nathan Palmer, FS Tom Zbikowski inactive for Week 14.
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 12:09:00 -0800
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown (ankle), OG Joe Reitz (head) and SS Tom Zbikowski (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and have been ruled out for Week 14.