San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The San Diego Chargers have signed veteran
running back Ronnie Brown in an attempt to help a depleted rushing unit.
Brown, who began the season with Houston before being cut, returns to the
Chargers after spending the past two seasons with the team. He rushed for 377
yards on 91 carries and caught 57 passes for 431 yards in 30 games for San
The 32-year-old played a pivotal roll in San Diego’s 27-10 AFC Wild Card win
over Cincinnati last season, rushing for a playoff career-high 77 yards with a
The Chargers have had trouble with depth at the running back position as
starter Ryan Mathews went down with an MCL sprain, backup Danny Woodhead
suffered a season-ending broken leg and Donald Brown endured a concussion in
Sunday’s win over the Jets.
It is expected that Mathews will return this season, but Ronnie Brown will
look to assist undrafted rookie Branden Oliver until either Mathews or Donald
Brown return from injury.
Oliver had a coming-out party of sorts on Sunday as he rushed for 114 yards
and a touchdown and also hauled in a touchdown reception after taking over for
Donald Brown early in the contest.