Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said Friday that RB Austin Ekeler will play "a lot" vs. the Broncos this weekend and that RB Melvin Gordon will get a limited workload. The plan makes sense after Gordon held out all summer and September. Plans can change once the game starts, but we're now projecting something close to a 2-to-1 split in favor of Ekeler this week.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. He was sidelined all last week before missing the game against Miami. It looks like Williams has a shot to return for Sunday's game vs. the Broncos. WR Travis Benjamin (hip) was also limited Wednesday. We'll get another update on both guys tomorrow.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chargers DE Melvin Ingram will "likely" miss a couple more weeks with the hamstring injury that knocked him out in the 1st quarter of Sunday's win at Miami. That leaves the defense without 1 of its top 2 pass-rushers. Uchenna Nwosu looks like Ingram's replacement after playing a career-high 79% of the snaps against the Dolphins.
Chargers DE Melvin Ingram left Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a hamstring injury and has been ruled out. That doesn't bode well for his Week 5 participation against Denver. We'll see about how serious the injury is this week.
Chargers lead CB Casey Hayward is active for today's game against the Dolphins. He entered the day questionable with a back injury but is ready to go. Hayward isn't particularly attractive for IDP lineups against the low-volume Miami offense.
Chargers K Mike Badgley (groin) is out for Sunday’s game against Miami. Ty Long kicks again for the Bolts. He’s made 4 of 6 FGs and all 6 of his XP attempts through 3 games.
Chargers TE Virgil Green (quad) is out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. With TE Hunter Henry (knee) also out, L.A. is down to TEs Sean Culkin and Lance Kendricks. We only mention this because of the matchup vs. Miami. Culkin and Kendricks would be desperation fantasy plays.
Chargers RB Justin Jackson (calf) is out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and spotted in a walking boot on Friday, so this might be a significant injury. Jackson, of course, was already set to drop off the fantasy radar with Melvin Gordon back. Jackson’s absence this weekend locks in Austin Ekeler as an every-down back — at least until the game gets out of hand. RB Troymaine Pope is next up on the depth chart. We’ll see if the Chargers call up RB Detrez Newsome from the practice squad.
Chargers WRs Mike Williams (back) is out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. We haven’t heard any details on the back injury or how much longer Williams will be sidelined. WR Travis Benjamin (hip) is listed as doubtful for Week 4, so it looks like Dontrelle Inman will operate as Los Angeles’ #2 WR on Sunday. The juicy matchup makes him a WR4 or flex consideration.
Chargers RB Justin Jackson was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a calf. We'll see if he's able to practice tomorrow and then how he's listed on the final injury report. Jackson's absence would make RB Austin Ekeler an even more elite fantasy play vs. Miami.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. We still haven't heard anything about the back issue, but it looks like he's in real danger of missing this weekend's pristine spot against the Dolphins. WR Travis Benjamin (hip) has also missed the first 2 practices of the week, so Dontrelle Inman might be Los Angeles' #2 WR vs. Miami.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) didn't practice on Wednesday. We don't have any details on the injury and don't yet know whether Williams' Week 4 status is in doubt. He has a pristine matchup against the Dolphins on Sunday. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Chargers K Mike Badgley (groin) is inactive for today’s game against the Texans. Ty Long kicks for L.A. again, despite missing 2 FGs last week.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said this week that MLB Denzel Perryman is now healthy enough to return to his starting role in the middle, which includes calling the defensive plays. “I thought that he looked his best (in practice this week) since he came back from the surgery, to be honest with you,” Lynn told the Orange County Register. “He’s going to play.” LB Kyzir White looks like the player who's playing time will suffer. “Kyzir, he’s doing a heck of a job, but he has a lot to learn,” Lynn said. “He’s still learning. It’s just, now that Denzel is up to speed, we’re going to get him back in there because we’re different when he’s in the game versus the run. Kyzir will still get some reps, but not as many.” We've knocked White out of the Week 3 LB rankings and added Perryman. The veteran is still risky for IDP use, though. Even at full health, he has historically left the field for passing sub packages. Thomas Davis remains the Chargers LB to use.
Chargers K Mike Badgley (groin) has been downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Texans. So it looks like Ty Long will kick again for L.A. Avoid the situation in fantasy lineups.
Chargers K Mike Badgley (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Texans. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so he should return for this one. But we’d make Badgley get through a game healthy before using him in fantasy lineups.
Chargers LB Jatavis Brown (ankle) is inactive for the 2nd straight game. LB Denzel Perryman (ankle) is once again active. Both entered the day questionable. Perryman barely played despite being active in Week 1, and Brown isn't likely to enter the starting lineup even when he's healthy. We'll see if the Chargers alter their LB playing time at all, but these situations looked irrelevant in Week 1.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is active for today’s game against the Lions. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning that Williams is expected to be limited to red-zone situations only. That’d make him just a TD-dependent flier in fantasy lineups.
Chargers K Mike Badgley (groin) is inactive for today’s game against the Lions. Ty Long will handle kicking duties again after connecting on 1 FG and 3 XPs in the opener.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is "likely to be used Sunday in red-zone situations" against the Lions. He only got in a limited practice on Friday but "showed improvement later in the week," according to Schefter. We'd still try to avoid Williams in Week 2 fantasy lineups, but this news does give QB Philip Rivers' stock a slight boost.
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