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Chargers third-round rookie LB Junior Colson garnered some early buzz for his work with the starting offense in OTAs. But more recent workouts have found him working behind second-year LB Daiyan Henley ... and others. According to The Athletic's Daniel Popper, Colson has paired with Shane Lee as the third-team ILB duo at this week's minicamp. A minor injury in May OTAs might have pushed the rookie temporarily down the depth chart. But we'll have to see whether Colson can climb it through summer.

The Chargers list LB Kenneth Murray Jr. (shoulder) as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Nick Niemann started in his place last week and delivered 11 tackles (6 solo, 1 for loss). He did so on just 68% playing time, though. So be careful about overrating Niemann for Week 18 IDP use -- especially against a very different version of the Chiefs offense than we usually see. Check our Week 18 LB rankings to see where Niemann lands.

Chargers LB Kenneth Murray is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Broncos with a shoulder injury. He's officially doubtful after following a limited Wednesday workout with two missed practices. This would be Murray's first missed game of the season, which makes it tough to know exactly what the fill-in plan looks like. We wouldn't play a Chargers LB beyond Eric Kendricks if you can help it.

The Chargers have placed Edge Joey Bosa on IR for the foot injury that knocked him out of Sunday's game. That will keep Bosa out until at least Week 16, and he'll be difficult to trust in fantasy lineups in his first game back. We've already seen an active Bosa play less than 50% of the snaps in three other games before leaving Week 11 early. That all means you can go ahead and drop Bosa for another option in your redraft IDP league. The 28-year-old is probably still worth holding in dynasty ... but he's running out of value in that format as well.

Chargers HC Brandon Staley said Monday that Edge Joey Bosa is dealing with a foot sprain and will likely land on IR, according to multiple reports. That would knock Bosa out through at least Week 15. At best, Bosa would return for the penultimate week of most fantasy football seasons. And you're not likely to play him in his first game back from this injury. We've already seen Bosa play limited snaps while dealing with injuries this year. Bottom line: You should go ahead and dump Bosa for a replacement in redraft leagues this week.

Chargers Edge Joey Bosa suffered a foot injury early in Sunday's game against the Packers. He's officially questionable to return but left on a cart with a towel covering his face. That sure doesn't seem to bode well for the severity of the injury. We'll watch for more updates.

Chargers LBs Eric Kendricks (ribs) and Kenneth Murray (shoulder) are active for tonight's game against the Jets. You can use either as planned in IDP lineups.

Chargers LBs Kenneth Murray and Eric Kendricks are both questionable for tonight's game against the Jets. Murray looks like the iffier of the two after sustaining a shoulder injury in Friday's practice that limited him Saturday. Kendricks is dealing with a rib injury that limited him Thursday and Friday. But he finished the week with a full Saturday workout. Nick Niemann would likely be the next LB up if either starter misses the game, with rookie Daiyan Henley at No. 4.

Chargers S Alohi Gilman (heel) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears. Gilman got back to a full practice Friday after two limited workouts. He appears on track to return after missing the past three games. We'll confirm his status Sunday.

Chargers S Derwin James (ankle) is active for today's game against the Chiefs. We knocked him down the Week 7 rankings for the injury anyway, and there's clearly risk to using James in IDP lineups. But he's available if you need him.

Chargers Edge Joey Bosa (toe) carries no injury status into Sunday's game against the Chiefs. It's the first time that has been the case for him since Week 2. Bosa's playing time climbed to 47% last week, his highest level since the season opener. This week's status and Bosa's full Friday practice points to further playing-time growth against Kansas City. We've moved Bosa up the Week 7 DL rankings a bit, but the matchup with the Chiefs remains negative for pass rushers.

Chargers S Derwin James is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He suffered an ankle injury Thursday and then missed Friday's workout. That bodes ill for James' chances this weekend, but we haven't yet seen any specifics beyond the questionable tag. We've moved James down our Week 7 DB rankings and will watch for more on his outlook. S Alohi Gilman (toe) has been ruled out for the third straight game.

Chargers Edge Joey Bosa is officially questionable for Monday night's game against the Cowboys, and HC Brandon Staley indicated he's no sure thing. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Staley said: "We'll see. He's progressing, but we'll see." Bosa has been dealing with hamstring and toe injuries. This week has found him listed with only the toe issue. But Bosa missed the first two practices out of the bye and then remained limited Friday. Before sitting out Week 4, he played just 29% and 34% of snaps in the previous two games. Bosa will be a risky player to wait for in IDP lineups for Week 6.

Chargers S Derwin James (hamstring) is off the final injury report and ready to return Monday night against the Cowboys. James missed Week 4 but took part in full practices all week coming off the Week 5 bye. Get him back into your IDP lineups. Fellow safety Alohi Gilman, however, is doubtful and on track to miss his second straight game. Dean Marlowe is expected to start in his place.

Chargers S Derwin James appears set to return from his injured hamstring. He put in full practices Thursday and Friday, ahead of Monday night's game against the Cowboys. We'd bet on James carrying no injury designation on the final report, but we'll see what the team says tomorrow.

Chargers S Alohi Gilman (heel) is inactive for today's game against the Raiders. That leaves the Chargers down both starting safeties, plus reserve JT Woods. That should leave Raheem Layne and Dean Marlowe as the starters. Marlowe has started games for the Bills, Lions, and Falcons and would be the pickup if you need a late DB starter.

Chargers Edge Joey Bosa is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He entered each of the previous two games the same way and still played, albeit for limited snaps. But Bosa this week adds a toe injury to the hamstring that limited him the previous two. He missed practice all week and looks like a high-risk IDP bet even if active. Rookie Edge Tuli Tuipulotu, meanwhile, has garnered 77% playing time the past two games and delivered a sack in each. He racked up 4 QB hits in last Sunday's win over the Vikings. Tulipulotu looks like a good bet for similar playing time this week against a shaky Raiders O-line and probably backup QB Brian Hoyer. That makes the rookie an attractive play in Week 4 IDP lineups. We've moved him up our Week 4 DL rankings and Bosa down.

The Chargers list S Derwin James (hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Raiders. The team has also rule backup S JT Woods out. That seems to leave second-year S Raheem Layne as the fill-in. Layne has played just 27 total snaps so far in the NFL. We’re not projecting him for Week 4. We did give Chargers S Alohi Gilman a slight boost in projected tackles. Check out our updated Week 4 DB rankings.

Chargers S Derwin James left Sunday's win over the Vikings with a hamstring injury. After the game, James called it "nothing major, nothing to be concerned about," according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. James also said he'll know more after a Monday MRI. We'll see what the testing reveals.

Chargers Edge Joey Bosa (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Vikings. He played through the injury last week as well. Bosa saw his playing time significantly limited in that contest but still delivered 2 sacks. He belongs in most IDP lineups.

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