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As expected, Chargers CB Casey Hayward is active for today's game against the Browns. He was listed on the injury report with an ankle issue during the week, but Hayward missed practice while dealing with the death of a younger brother. Back with the team, he should be in IDP lineups for a high-ceiling matchup against DeShone Kizer.

The Chargers have promoted K Travis Coons from their practice squad. He'll kick against the Browns tomorrow in place of K Nick Novak, who is struggling with a back injury. Coons is a viable spot starter with the Chargers sporting the week's highest implied total.

Update: The Chargers have placed Novak on IR.

Chargers CB Casey Hayward is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, but HC Anthony Lynn told ESPN.com he expects his lead cover guy to play. Hayward has a "calf/personal" designation on the injury report. He has been away from the team all week dealing with the death of a younger brother but is scheduled to return before Sunday.

Chargers K Nick Novak (back) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Browns. He was limited on Wednesday and Friday and a full-go on Thursday. It looks like Novak will kick on Sunday, but you should find a safer option for your fantasy squad.

Chargers WR Mike Williams suffered a bone bruise on his knee in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie will miss Week 13 and is considered "week-to-week" beyond that. Williams' role had been slowly growing, but this injury kills any chance he had of being a fantasy factor this season. He can be dropped from redraft rosters.

4:11pm EST 11/23/17

Chargers K Nick Novak left Thursday’s game at Dallas with a back injury. He’s questionable to return

Update: Novak returned in the 2nd quarter.

Update: Novak missed an XP early in the 3rd quarter and was replaced by P Drew Kaser after the Chargers' next TD. The back is obviously an issue. Fantasy owners should be lining up a replacement for Week 13.

Chargers LB Hayes Pullard (neck) is active for today's game against the Cowboys, returning after 2 games out. He's our top IDP bet among Chargers LBs this week. We'll see if he plays more snaps than Denzel Perryman, who returned to action the past 2 games.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is active for today's game against the Cowboys. So is WR Travis Benjamin (abdomen). Both entered the day questionable. Neither is a worthwhile fantasy option, though.

Chargers LB Hayes Pullard (neck) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Cowboys. He put in full practices the past 2 days after being listed as a limited participant Monday. Pullard sat out the past 2 games but appears ready to return. We'll see if he returns to his full role, but Pullard looks like a decent tackle bet for IDP owners in Week 12.

Chargers LB Hayes Pullard is inactive for today's game against the Bills, as expected. It's his 2nd straight game out with a neck injury, leaving snaps for Denzel Perryman and/or Jatavis Brown.

2:11pm EST 11/19/17

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Bills. He practiced all week and received full clearance on Friday. Rivers is a solid QB1 vs. a Buffalo defense that’s allowed the 12th most fantasy points per game to QBs over the past 5 weeks.

Chargers LB Hayes Pullard (neck) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bills. That should mean more snaps again for LBs Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman in an upside scoring matchup for the position. Each carries risk as a non-100% playing-time guy right now, so weigh that against your other IDP options.

The Chargers announced late Friday that QB Philip Rivers cleared the final step in the league concussion protocol and will play Sunday against the Bills. We’ve had Rivers projected in starter territory all along against a Buffalo D that has sprung some recent leaks

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Bills. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so it sure looks like he’s on track to be cleared ahead of Sunday’s game. We should get another update on his status between now and Sunday morning.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (concussion) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice. Barring a setback, he'll be out there for this weekend's game against the Bills. It's excellent news for all of Los Angeles' skill-position guys.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (concussion) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. The fact that he was out there at all means he's made progress through the protocol. We'll continue to track his progress ahead of Sunday's game against the Bills.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn announced Monday that QB Philip Rivers is in the concussion protocol. He didn't leave Sunday's loss to the Jaguars early, so the symptoms must have arisen Monday. We'll see about his status this week, but it obviously doesn't bode well for Sunday's game against the Bills. Kellen Clemens and Cardale Jones are the backups, with the team website listing Clemens #2.

Chargers MLB Hayes Pullard is inactive today's game against the Jaguars because of a neck injury. That figures to slide returned LB Denzel Perryman back into his previous role in the middle and allow Jatavis Brown to continue starting on the weak side. The whole group carries big risk for IDP owners, as we have yet to see this alignment in the regular season. Exactly how the playing time shakes out won't be clear until afterward.

Chargers MLB Hayes Pullard is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a neck injury. Pullard put in limited practices all week, and we'd bet on him playing. We'll confirm his status for IDP owners Sunday morning.

The Chargers plan to start Denzel Perryman at weak-side LB in his return from IR this week against Jacksonville, with LB Hayes Pullard continuing to play the middle, according to Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News. That would leave Jatavis Brown out of the lineup after his playing time dipped to 25% before the Week 9 bye. Brown's fine to drop in IDP leagues if you haven't already. Pullard looks like the guy to use if you need 1 this week, and then we'll see about everyone's usage going forward.

 
 
 

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