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Chargers RB Austin Ekeler aggravated a neck issue Sunday and appears in doubt for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Ekeler will need further testing on the area, which had experienced "stingers" in recent weeks. The short turnaround for Week 15 obviously makes things more difficult. The Chargers might get Melvin Gordon back from his knee injury for that game. If not, they'd have to turn to rookie Justin Jackson as the backfield starter. Jackson hit Sunday still available in 57% of ESPN leagues.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. We’ll see if he can make it back for next Thursday’s showdown with the Chiefs. Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will again handle backfield duties for L.A. this weekend.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that it was "possible" for Gordon to return for this weekend's game against the Bengals, but a Week 15 return vs. the Chiefs looks much more likely.

Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (groin) is active for tonight’s game against the Steelers. He played just 9 snaps with his injury last week, so Williams can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that it's "possible" Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) returns for Week 14. Gordon reportedly looked good working off to the side of practice this week. We'd still consider a Week 15 return for a Thursday night showdown against the Chiefs more likely, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on Gordon's progress.

Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (groin) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. He was active with this injury last week but played just 9 snaps. He can’t be trusted in Week 13 fantasy lineups. WR Mike Williams should play an expanded role again on Sunday night.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is out for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. Austin Ekeler steps in as the lead back and should see around 20 total touches, making him a strong RB2 play. Justin Jackson will serve as the #2 RB, but we’re not expecting him to get more than a handful of touches.

Chargers DE Joey Bosa is questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos after managing limited practices all week in his return from the foot injury. Even if he's active this week, the team has already said he'll play a limited role. IDP owners are probably best off sitting him for this week -- but stashing Bosa now for the stretch run.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (groin) will play against the Broncos this weekend. He was added to the injury report and limited on Thursday — but then put in a full practice on Friday. Williams has played less than 50% of the offensive snaps in 2 straight games, though, so he can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hip, finger) is not listed on the final injury report. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and limited again on Friday, but it doesn’t look like either ailment is a concern. Allen is safe to keep in fantasy lineups.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen was added to the injury report on Thursday as limited with hip and finger issues. It's unclear if these are real concerns or if this was more of a rest day. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Chargers DE Joey Bosa put in a limited practice Wednesday, marking his 1st participation since Wednesday of Week 1. We'll see whether he's ready to play against the Broncos on Sunday. We'll also see how soon he can get back to a full snap allotment after missing the 1st 9 games with a foot injury. But Bosa should be stashed now in most IDP leagues.

Chargers MLB Denzel Perryman suffered an LCL injury in Sunday's win over the Raiders and will need season-ending hamstring surgery, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hayes Pullard looks likeliest to step into the lineup for Perryman, but only Jatavis Brown cracked 40% playing time among Chargers LBs Sunday. He's the only 1 that belongs in fantasy consideration for now. We'll see what the playing-time outlooks become for Pullard and rookie OLB Uchenna Nwosu. We'd bet on the team playing around with the LB combos the rest of the way, matching up with situations and seeking the best groupings.

Chargers LB Denzel Perryman left Sunday's win over the Raiders after just 2 snaps with a left knee injury. We'll see about the severity of the issue. His absence might have helped Jatavis Brown play a season-high 97% of snaps. Brown now looks like the Chargers LB to own in fantasy after 2 straight 11-tackle games and with rookie Kyzir White on IR.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers TE Hunter Henry has an "outside chance" to return in December. His recovery from May's torn ACL has evidently gone smoothly, and he's already running and squatting. Schefter hedges again in his report by calling Henry's return a "long shot." It sounds like the absolute earliest we'd see him would be in Week 13. And it'd be at least another week before we could consider using him in fantasy lineups. It still seems extremely unlikely that Henry makes a 2018 fantasy impact. But if you have an open roster spot to play with, there are worse guys to use it on.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Seahawks. He was listed as questionable but put in a full practice on Friday. There’s some added risk here, but Gordon certainly belongs in season-long lineups.

Officially questionable for today's game against the Seahawks, Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is expected to play, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gordon missed the Week 7 win over the Titans in London but practiced all week coming out of the bye, including a full workout Friday. He's set for fantasy lineups in Week 9.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) put in a full practice on Friday after being limited the previous 2 days. But he’s listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Seahawks. And HC Anthony Lynn stopped short of guaranteeing that Gordon will play. "We'll see,” Lynn said. “I don't want to speak for Melvin, but if he's feeling well I know he wants to play.” Chargers-Seahawks doesn’t kick off until 4:05 pm ET on Sunday, but we should get an update that morning.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He missed the London game 2 weeks ago and had the bye to rest. The fact that he still isn't a full-go is a bit concerning. But the Chargers might just be playing it safe with their workhorse. Check back tomorrow for another update.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers DE Joey Bosa is "not anywhere near ready to play right now," despite recent progress in his recovery from the mid-foot sprain that has kept him out all season. That makes it sound like he won't be ready to play Week 9, when the Chargers return from their bye. We'll keep an eye on the star defender's progress.

 
 
 

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