What do teams do when they are eliminated from playoff contention early? They look at the kids.
That’s what the 5-9 Chargers are doing.
The Chargers put running back Ryan Mathews (collarbone), receiver Malcom Floyd (ankle), and tackle Reggie Wells (ankle/toe) on the injured reserve. Receiver Mike Willie and defensive end Damik Scafe were promoted from the practice squad. There is still an opening on the 53-man roster.
These moves are not shocking especially the decision to shelve Mathews, who had surgery Monday.
In other AFC West news:
While there was a lot of debate about if Peyton Manning will win the NFL MVP and if Von Miller will win the Defensive Player of the Year, John Clayton explains why he thinks Denver leader John Elway is also in line for a major award.
The Lions signed cornerback Ronald Bartell. He was cut by the Raiders last week.