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Chargers MLB Denzel Perryman had surgery this week to repair a torn ankle ligament, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team now expects him to be out 8-10 weeks, a 4-week extension on each end of the initial estimate. That could mean missing 4-6 games. Perryman should not be in anyone's IDP redraft plans. We'll see how he progresses in his return. His absence could mean more tackle opportunities for weak-side starter Jatavis Brown. Korey Toomer and Nick Dzubnar are competing for Perryman's vacated spot.

The Chargers are "eyeing" an October debut for WR Mike Williams (back), according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That likely means he'll land on the reserve PUP list, opening up a roster spot but costing Williams the first 6 games of the season. The rookie has resumed sprinting and is "making solid progress," per Rapoport. So it at least looks like the Chargers will get to see their 1st-rounder on the field this year. But he figures to be used in a limited role early on. Williams won't be a fantasy factor until the 2nd half of the season, at the earliest.

Chargers LB Denzel Perryman left in the 1st quarter of Sunday night's preseason opener with a left ankle injury. ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports that Perryman returned to the sideline with crutches and a walking boot after evaluation. Perryman has been working as the starting MLB. We'll see how much of a setback this injury proves to be. Chargers backup DE Jeremiah Attaochu also left the game in the 1st half with a hamstring injury.

Update: The Chargers expect Perryman to miss 4-6 weeks, pending a Monday MRI.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) has resumed running. "He’s back on the grass," HC Anthony Lynn said. "He’s running. He’s doing well. We just want him to keep progressing and not have any setbacks." It's a step in the right direction, but the rookie still doesn't seem close to being a full-go. He remains a candidate to open the season on the PUP list and is a long shot to make an early fantasy impact.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn conceded Sunday that rookie WR Mike Williams "could be" out for the season with his back injury, according to the Los Angeles Times. The team had previously announced that Williams wouldn't practice at all during training camp, and it's clear that everyone involved is waiting with crossed fingers to see how the situation plays out. Don't bother with him in your redraft fantasy football league. Chargers WR Tyrell Williams looks like a solid value with plenty of upside at his current WR42 ADP in MyFantasyLeague.com public drafts. We'll see if his ADP climbs with Mike Williams out.

The Chargers announced that WR Mike Williams (back) will not practice in training camp. The team is still hoping that he can avoid surgery on his herniated disc. He's rehabbing now, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and has resumed running. "They just don't want any setbacks," Rapoport adds. "No rush." Williams is falling further and further behind, though, and certainly seems like a candidate for the reserve PUP list -- which would cost him the first 6 weeks of the regular season. Williams is basically undraftable in redraft leagues right now. WR Tyrell Williams' stock continues to rise.

The Bills have shipped QB Cardale Jones to the Chargers in exchange for a conditional 7th-round pick. Jones was drafted by Buffalo's old regime and was 4th on the depth chart this spring. He'll battle for backup duties in Los Angeles -- with an outside shot of becoming Philip Rivers' eventual successor. The Bills are left with T.J. Yates and rookie Nathan Peterman behind Tyrod Taylor.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers believes WR Keenan Allen is back in form after last season's torn ACL. He "looks like himself," Rivers said. "He looks just as good as before he got hurt." Allen will be a full year removed from the knee injury when the 2017 campaign kicks off. And with rookie Mike Williams looking unlikely to make an early-season impact (or maybe any impact at all), Allen's fantasy stock is on the rise.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that "there is concern" that Chargers WR Mike Williams will need season-ending back surgery. The rookie suffered what was deemed a "mild disc herniation in his lower back" in mid-May and has been sidelined since. According to Schefter, the Chargers are hoping that a 2nd epidural Williams recently received will allow him to avoid surgery and return to the field at some point during training camp. "This may be a lot more serious than people thought," a source told Schefter. Another source, though, was optimistic that Williams will not need surgery. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, meanwhile, hears from 2 sources that surgery is "NOT on the table now." We'll keep an eye on this. But even if Williams avoids surgery, he's way behind the 8-ball and can't be expected to make an early-season impact. He's pretty much undraftable in redraft fantasy leagues. Tyrell Williams figures to open the year as the Chargers' #2 WR and is a nice value at his recent WR47 ADP.

Chargers edge rusher Melvin Ingram will play DE in the team's new 4-3 base, according to the Orange County Register. Many IDP leaguers have anticipated the move, which will at least change Ingram's position for MyFantasyLeague.com leagues this year. The DL tag adds value for a player who has overcome early-career injury struggles to play in every game the past 2 years. Ingram's 19 sacks and 39 total QB hits over that span earned him a large 4-year contract earlier this month.

The Chargers announced that WR Mike Williams will miss the final 2 weeks of the offseason program with "a mild disc herniation in his lower back." He suffered the injury on the 1st day of rookie minicamp. It's unclear whether Williams is in danger of missing the start of training camp next month. Either way, it's not an ideal start for the rookie, especially considering San Diego's deep pass-catching corps.

Chargers RB Branden Oliver has been on the field for OTAs this week -- about 9 months after tearing his Achilles in a preseason game. "I feel great right now," he said. "I’m taking nothing for granted. I’m coming out and taking it one day at a time." QB Philip Rivers has liked what he's seen. "He looks good. He looks explosive. I know it’s early, but I think he really is a great complement to Melvin (Gordon)," Rivers said. Gordon is locked in as the Chargers' feature back. But Oliver has a good shot to capture the #2 spot on the depth chart. His competition is underwhelming: Kenneth Farrow, Andre Williams and Kenjon Barner.

Chargers WR Mike Williams has been sidelined for nearly 2 weeks with a back injury. He went down on the 1st day of rookie minicamp with what ESPN's Eric Williams describes as "tightness." There's no indication that the issue is at all related to the fractured vertebrae that ended Williams' 2015 season. Still, the missed practice time is a concern. "I'd like to see him out there next week because he's getting behind right now, and we've got to get him back out on the field," HC Anthony Lynn said. "If he wasn't a rookie it would be different. But he has so much to learn, and some of this you can only learn on the field." We'll see when Williams is able to get back out there.

Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman recently had core muscle surgery and is expected to be sidelined for 6 weeks, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. That timeline would cost him the rest of offseason workouts but have him back on the field for the start of OTAs. Inman turned in a career-best 58-810-4 line for an injury-ravaged Chargers offense last year. If the WR group is healthy this year, though, he figures to be 5th on the depth chart behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) has been cleared to participate in OTAs this week. He's ahead of his own schedule in his recovery from last September's torn ACL. “I actually didn’t think I’d be out here competing like this this early,” Allen said. “It is what it is. I’m feeling good." He's working now on regaining trust in the surgically repaired knee. "Anytime I can run a route without thinking about my knee it definitely (gives me) confidence," he said. Allen figures to be handled with care this spring but should be a full-go by the time training camp rolls around. Durability remains a concern, though, for a guy who's played in just 9 games over the past 2 years. And Allen will be returning to a much more crowded WR depth chart than the one he left early last season. He's going off the board as WR17 in early MFL10 drafts.

The Chargers selected Clemson WR Mike Williams with the 7th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He joins a loaded offense that also includes Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates. A scary neck injury cost Williams almost the entire 2015 campaign. But he turned in a strong 57-1,030-6 line as a sophomore and then exploded for 98 catches, 1,361 yards and 11 TDs this past year. Williams is a mediocre athlete who doesn’t create much separation at the top of his routes, but strong body control and hands make him dominant in contested situations. The question is whether those skills will translate to the next level against stronger DBs. Los Angeles isn’t an ideal landing spot, with loads of target competition in the short term and a QB question long term (Philip Rivers is 35).

Chargers WR Keenan Allen provided an update on his return from right ACL surgery. Recall that Allen suffered the season-ending injury back in September. “I feel amazing,” he said. “No pain, no aches. Rehab is going good. I’m just trying to keep it going.” The 25-year-old added that he’s currently about “85 percent.” The goal is for Allen to be a full-go by training camp, but the team will surely take it easy on their top WR. He’s already missed 25 total games through 4 NFL seasons.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) expects to be ready in plenty of time for training camp. That's been the expectation considering his torn ACL came in early September. He'll be nearly 11 months removed when camp opens. Allen has already resumed running and cutting. Turning just 25 in April, he's a strong bet to bounce back from the knee injury. The bigger concern for Allen is volume in what's become a loaded Chargers passing attack.

The Chargers have agreed to terms with RB Kenjon Barner. He's now bounced around to 3 different teams in 5 NFL seasons and has totaled just 331 yards on 77 touches. If this is all the Chargers plan on adding to the backfield, RB Melvin Gordon is in for huge volume in 2017.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn is excited about RB Melvin Gordon's potential. “I’ve watched some tape on him,” Lynn said. “Man, he has some upside. He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year. And I told him we can take this to another level. We’re going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him.” Lynn has no head-coaching experience. But he played 6 seasons of RB in the NFL and has spent the last 17 years coaching. He helped the Bills to back-to-back #1 finishes in rushing yards the past 2 seasons. Prior to that, he was with the Jets, who ranked top 6 in rushing in 4 of Lynn's 6 seasons. There's certainly room for Gordon to build on his breakout 2016 campaign under Lynn's tutelage.

 
 
 

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