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Chargers WR Mike Williams put in a full practice Wednesday. That's noteworthy because he remained limited throughout last week before playing against the Bengals. A full workout to open this week indicates that Williams avoided any setback with his injured shoulder and should be good to go for Week 2.

Chargers DE Joey Bosa didn't practice Wednesday. The team listed him with a triceps injury. We'll track his status throughout the week to see if he's in danger of missing time but haven't heard anything so far about this being a serious issue.

Chargers LB Drue Tranquill left in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Bengals with an ankle injury. He was carted off with an air cast on the injured ankle, which points to a pretty serious injury. We'll watch for updates on his outlook.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that "early indications" point to an ankle fracture for Tranquill.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Bengals. Expect him to be limited, so he’s not a recommended fantasy play.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hear that Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) is now expected to play against the Bengals today. That's contrary to Schefter's previous report. We'd still expect Williams to be limited today and wouldn't use him in Week 1 fantasy lineups. But his availability only helps QB Tyrod Taylor.

Chargers WR Mike Williams is not expected to play against the Bengals today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Williams put in limited practice this week with his shoulder injury and enters the day questionable. But you should look elsewhere at WR. We'll confirm his status when the late-game inactives come out.

Chargers RB Justin Jackson (foot) practiced all week and will play in Sunday’s opener against the Bengals. We’ll see how touches are divvied between Jackson and Joshua Kelley behind Austin Ekeler — but Ekeler is the only viable Week 1 fantasy play.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bengals after a limited week of practice. His availability would boost QB Tyrod Taylor’s outlook — but Williams can’t be trusted in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (shoulder) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That seems to at least give him a shot to play against the Bengals this weekend, although we'd still plan on not using him in Week 1 fantasy lineups. Williams might be an option against the Chiefs in Week 2.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn says that WR Mike Williams will likely be a game-time decision for Sunday's opener at Cincinnati, according to Joe Reedy of The Associated Press. That shouldn't be a big issue to fantasy owners, who have been taking Williams mostly in the double-digit rounds. We'll certainly track the status of his shoulder injury right up to game time Sunday, but you should probably plan on not using Williams. He missed a fair amount of camp time in an offense with a new QB and an OC with a half-season of experience. We like Williams' upside for the season, but you can probably find safer bets for Week 1 without sacrificing upside.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen has agreed to a 4-year, $80.1 million extension. It makes him the league's 2nd highest paid wideout in the league and should keep him with the team beyond his age-30 season.

Chargers OC Shane Steichen voiced optimism Thursday that WR Mike Williams could be ready for Week 1. "Mike's gotta be ready to play," Steichen said, per Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register. "I think Mike has got that mindset to be ready to play. We look forward to having him on September 13." Of course, Williams' availability will still depend on whether his shoulder is actually ready for game action. We'll see about that as teams switch over to game-week injury reports. Even if he doesn't make it back for the opener, though, this is encouraging for Williams' early-season fantasy outlook.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn announced Wednesday that QB Tyrod Taylor will start Week 1. It's not a surprise. Even Lynn has presented that as the likely path for a while. But the official announcement makes it a little easier to snag Taylor late in fantasy drafts over the next week and a half. A top-15 fantasy QB through most of his starting stint in Buffalo, Taylor gets a nice opening schedule: strong matchups at Cincinnati in Week 1 and home for Carolina in Week 3, with potential shootouts vs. K.C. (Week 2) and at Tampa Bay (Week 4). We'll see how Taylor fares in that stretch before projecting beyond, but other attractive fantasy matchups await before the Week 10 bye. Although rookie QB Justin Herbert has reportedly shown flashes, it doesn't sound like he's especially close to taking over the gig.

Chargers S Derwin James will require surgery on his right knee and miss the 2020 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The hope had been that James could get a meniscus trim and miss just a few weeks. Instead, he'll miss his 3rd season after sitting out most of his 2nd with a foot fracture. HC Anthony Lynn told reporters Monday morning that he'll rely on a "stacked" secondary to fill in for James. It's not clear who will step in primarily. Rookie Alohi Gilman has worked as the SS backup. But Rayshawn Jenkins could also slide over and leave FS snaps to Desmond King. We'll see how this plays out. None of the remaining options comes close to James' top-level IDP potential.

Chargers RB Justin Jackson left Sunday's scrimmage with a foot injury, according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. We don't know any other specifics on the issue yet but will keep an eye out for updates. Jackson is competing with Joshua Kelley for the #2 job in the L.A. backfield.

Chargers S Derwin James sustained a meniscus injury in Sunday's practice and is "likely to miss significant time," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The star safety will undergo further evaluation before determining next steps, but it looks like the options are: get the meniscus trimmed and miss about 4 weeks, or get a full repair and sit out several months. We've shaved 4 games of James' projection in our 2020 IDP rankings for now and will keep an eye out for further updates.

Chargers S Derwin James left practice Sunday with a hamstring strain, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The team doesn’t know about the severity yet.

Chargers RB Joshua Kelley "might be having the best training camp of any player on the roster," The Athletic's Daniel Popper writes. HC Anthony Lynn likes what he's seen from the rookie, too. "I believe Joshua is having an outstanding camp," Lynn said. "I’ve thrown him in with the ones; he’s made plays. He’s in with the twos; he’s made plays. And he has shown a versatility. He can catch the ball out of the backfield well. He has shown that. So I’ve been pleased with his progress so far.” Popper notes that Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson still appear to be ahead of Kelley on the depth chart. But it sounds like he's pushing Jackson for snaps behind Ekeler. That'll be a situation to monitor early this season. For now, Kelley and Jackson are only worth rostering in deep fantasy leagues.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn admitted that WR Mike Williams' status for the start of the season is uncertain. Williams will be "out for a while" with his shoulder injury, Lynn added. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero adds that Williams is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. The Chargers' opener is 19 days away. We've knocked a game off of Williams' projections, nudging him down a handful of spots in the WR rankings.

Chargers WR Mike Williams is considered week-to-week with a shoulder sprain suffered in Sunday's practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "At this point, his return to play timeline — and status for the opener -- is not yet determined," Rapoport adds. So it sounds like Williams is in some danger of missing Week 1. The Chargers are razor thin at WR behind Williams and Keenan Allen, with K.J. Hill, Joe Reed, Darius Jennings and a few others jockeying for position. Williams' absence would mean more targets for Allen, TE Hunter Henry and RB Austin Ekeler.

 
 
 

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