San Diego Chargers release RB Shaun Draughn and sign safety Adrian Phillips


San Diego, CA- San Diego Chargers this afternoon have released running back Shaun Draughn and signed safety Adrian Phillips from the practice squad.

With safety Jahleel Addae out for tomorrows game against the Miami Dolphins due to a concusion he suffered last week against the Denver Broncos, the Chargers have added Adrian Phillips to the active roster to provide depth at both safety positions. Phillips signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent last off-season out of the University of Texas and was signed to the Chargers practice squad at the end of the preseason.

Draughn signed with the Chargers earlier this season to provide depth at running back, following injuries to running backs Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown.

Donald Brown returned to practice full-time this week and is listed as probable for Sundays game against the Miami Dolphins. With Donald Brown back and Branden Oliver and Ronnie Brown ahead of Draughn on the depth chart, Draughn became the odd man out.

Ryan Mathews returned to practice for the first time since his MCL sprain, according to Mathews was a limited participant and could return to the Chargers starting line-up in Week 11 against the Oakland Raiders.

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    With Ryan Mathews out, the Chargers also lost Danny Woodhead for the season with an ankle injury and Donald Brown the past few weeks due to a concussion.

    Ryan Mathews is a key piece to the Chargers offense and the Chargers running game has suffered since his absence. Undrafted rookie Branden Oliver has carried the running game due to the Chargers depleted backfield and has performed well at times, but hasn’t been able to match Ryan Mathews production.