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Chargers TE Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday's OTA session, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "Did it during a drill, running downfield, untouched," Schefter tweeted. Freed from Antonio Gates' shadow, Henry was a prime breakout candidate entering his 3rd NFL season. He'll now miss the entire 2018 campaign. With Virgil Green now sitting atop the depth chart, the Chargers might consider bringing Gates back. The loss of Henry dings QB Philip Rivers' fantasy outlook and frees up targets for WRs Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin.

The Chargers spent a 7th-round pick on RB Justin Jackson. The Northwestern alum spent 4 years as a workhorse, averaging 285.5 carries, 1,360 yards and 10.5 total TDs per season. Jackson added 122 receptions for 858 yards for his career, including 35 and 44 catches the past 2 years. He joins a backfield that saw Austin Ekeler flash as Melvin Gordon's #2 last season, but there's room for Jackson to battle for touches. The diminutive back ran a decent 4.52-second 40 at the Scouting Combine but crushed the explosion and agility tests: 89th percentile vert, 78th percentile broad, 85th percentile 3-cone, 93rd percentile short shuttle. Jackson will be worth watching this summer and beyond and belongs on the dynasty radar late in rookie drafts.

The Chargers picked up USC EDGE player Uchenna Nwosu in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. Nwosu delivered 9.5 sacks among 11.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He also defensed a whopping 13 passes. Pro Football Focus credited him with the class' most QB hits and batted passes. We'll see whether the Chargers view Nwosu as an OLB in their 4-3 base front or a DE.

The Chargers grabbed Florida State S Derwin James with the 17th pick of the NFL Draft, a player most throught would leave the board inside the top 10. James finished both of his full healthy seasons as Pro Football Focus' top-graded safety. He should see an immediate starting role in an already-strong D.

QB Geno Smith has agreed to terms with the Chargers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Smith infamously got 1 start in place of Eli Manning in his lone season with the Giants, when then-HC Ben McAdoo controversially benched the veteran. Smith did little, just as he did across 4 years with the Jets. He’ll now join his 3rd NFL team, a move that likely won’t alter any QB plans the Chargers might have for the upcoming NFL Draft

Chargers LB Denzel Perryman is active for today’s game against the Raiders. The hamstring issue adds risk, but there’s also significant tackle upside. Weigh both in considering your IDP options

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Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is active for today's must-win game against the Raiders. He’s gutting it out at less than 100%, making him a risk/reward Week 17 fantasy play.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) will play against the Raiders today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon was optimistic about his status all along and got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. But Rapoport confirms that Gordon is dealing with a "mild" high-ankle sprain and says there was "doubt" early in the week whether he'd be able to play. So it's safe to say that he won't be at 100% today and is at risk of an in-game aggravation. It makes Gordon more of a risk/reward RB2 than his usual RB1.

Chargers LB Denzel Perryman (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He'll carry upside into that one if active, but the hammy makes him tough to use in IDP lineups even if Perryman starts. The Chargers have also ruled out S Adrian Phillips (ankle).

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Raiders after putting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. He’s been optimistic about his availability all along. We’ll look for an update on Gordon Sunday morning. Chargers-Raiders doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET.

The Chargers listed RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) as limited in Thursday's practice. The media didn't see him doing much during the open portion of practice. But it looks like he's serious about playing through his ankle injury this weekend. We'll get another update on Gordon's progress tomorrow.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) missed practice again on Thursday. The team's plan has been to test that injured ankle on Friday. Gordon has remained optimistic that he'll play against the Raiders this weekend, but we'd consider him no better than 50/50 at this point.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon vowed Wednesday, "I'll be ready to play" against the Raiders on Sunday, according to ESPN's Eric Williams. His coach isn't quite so sure yet. “He’s day-to-day,” HC Anthony Lynn said. “If it’s something he can play with, then he’ll play. But right now we won’t know until the end of the week.” Gordon is dealing with a sprained left ankle. We'll track his progress throughout the week.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is "optimistic" that he'll be able to play against the Raiders this weekend, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon is believed to be dealing with a high-ankle sprain, but swelling has reportedly been minimal. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his status throughout the week. If he ends up active on Sunday, he'll be a risk/reward fantasy play. If not, Branden Oliver will be a RB2 option as the Chargers' lead back.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon injured his ankle late in Sunday's win over the Jets. HC Anthony Lynn didn't have an update afterward, saying that they'll need to monitor Gordon throughout the week. That suggests at least some question about his availability for the regular-season finale vs. Oakland. With RB Austin Ekeler's broken hand, Branden Oliver would be left as the Chargers' lead back if Gordon can't go.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler will play through his broken hand today vs. the Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. But he'll only play on special teams. Branden Oliver will assume #2 RB duties, but Melvin Gordon will dominate backfield touches.

The Chargers have ruled LB Denzel Perryman out for Sunday's game against the Jets with a hamstring injury. We'd love to believe that means we could go back to using LB Jatavis Brown -- an early-season IDP stud -- but Brown played just 50% of the defensive snaps last week. It's best to avoid Chargers linebackers in fantasy this week.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen isn't listed on the Week 16 injury report. He was carted to the locker room late in last weekend's loss to the Chiefs and announced with a back injury. But it evidently won't be an issue against the Jets on Sunday. Allen remains locked in as a WR1 for that one.

The Chargers placed TE Hunter Henry on IR with his lacerated kidney, according to ESPN's Field Yates. That obviously ends the 2nd-year TE's season. It also could make Antonio Gates fantasy relevant against the Jets in Week 16. There are likely better options available for your championship-week lineup, though.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry suffered a "small" laceration of a kidney in Saturday night's loss to the Chiefs, HC Anthony Lynn said Monday. Henry's status for the final 2 games of the season is "up in the air," according to Lynn. We'll track his status throughout the week, but fantasy owners obviously need to be making backup plans.

 
 
 

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