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Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) missed practice again on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to be ready for this weekend's game against the Lions. That'd leave Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman as Los Angeles' #2 and #3 WRs.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. We still don't have any details on the injury he sustained in last weekend's opener, but HC Anthony Lynn admitted that he's "absolutely" concerned about Williams' availability for Sunday's game against the Lions. His absence would leave Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman behind Keenan Allen on the WR depth chart.

The Chargers announced that TE Hunter Henry suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee in Sunday's win over the Colts. For what it's worth, this is the opposite knee in which he tore his ACL last spring. Henry will "continue to be evaluated" and a timetable for his return "has not yet been determined," per the team's statement. There are 3 instances of a tibia plateau fracture in Sports Injury Predictor's database. Those guys (Nate Burleson, Anthony Hitchens and Daniel Sorensen) missed anywhere from 1 to 3 months. We should learn more about Henry's status over the next few days, but fantasy owners obviously need to plan to be without him for a while. Virgil Green is currently the Chargers' backup TE. (We'll see if they try to bring Antonio Gates back.) Henry's absence will push even more targets to WR Keenan Allen and RB Austin Ekeler.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Chargers are expecting Henry to miss 4-6 weeks.

Chargers WR Mike Williams hurt his knee in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Colts and is officially questionable to return. We'll update his status when we learn more. Williams' absence leaves Travis Benjamin as Los Angeles' #2 WR.

Chargers LB Denzel Perryman is active for today's game against the Colts. He entered the day questionable with an ankle issue but is usable if you waited on him for your IDP lineup. We'll see how the rest of the LB corps sorts out in the opener.

Chargers K Michael Badgley (groin) is inactive for today’s game against the Colts. Punter Ty Long will handle kicking duties.

Chargers K Michael Badgley (groin) wont play against the Colts today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Punter Ty Long will handle kicking duties, but you should avoid the situation in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Chargers LB Denzel Perryman is questionable for Sunday's opener against the Colts because of an ankle injury. He put in limited practices all week, which would suggest he's a decent bet to play. Perryman hasn't been an every-snap LB even when healthy though and makes for just a middling IDP option. LB Jatavis Brown is doubtful for the game after missing practice all week with his own ankle injury. It's not clear how much that matters, though. The team website lists Thomas Davis and Uchenna Nwosu as starters next to MLB Perryman. Various injuries have kept us from being able to confirm that via preseason action. This is a situation to avoid for now in most IDP leagues.

Chargers K Michael Badgley is questionable for this weekend's game against the Colts after injuring his groin in Friday's practice, according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. We'll see if L.A. adds a K over the next 24 hours, but look elsewhere for your Week 1 fantasy starter.

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The Chargers on Sunday made the unsurprising move of placing S Derwin James on IR. By waiting until Sunday, they leave open the possibility of bringing him back late in the season. The timeline on James' receovery from his foot fracture has made late November the likely target all along.

NFL.com reports that the Chargers will place S Derwin James on IR as he recovers and rehabs following foot surgery. James had surgery Thursday in Wisconsin and is expected to miss about 3 months. We'll see if he can make it back in the 2nd half of the season.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen is already back at practice after injuring his ankle last week. "He’s in great shape, explosive and looks really good," HC Ken Whisenhunt said on Wednesday. "In practice today, he looked good again. He rolled his ankle a little bit last week and he was back out there today. I’m really excited about Keenan." Allen won't play in the final 2 preseason games but is clearly on track to be ready for Week 1. He remains a safe pick in the 3rd round of fantasy drafts.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Chargers S Derwin James will have surgery on his right foot and is expected to miss "around 3 months." That timeline would return him in mid-to-late November. The Chargers play Kansas City in Mexico on Nov. 18 and then have their bye in Week 12. At this point, the Week 13 (Dec. 1) game at Denver looks like a hopeful return date for the star defender. All of this means that James doesn't belong in redraft fantasy football plans for this year. We'll see if he's a late-season waiver option. Adrian Phillips stepped in for James at Friday's practice and figures to hold down the starting job. Phillips cracked the top 30 fantasy DBs last year without a clear full-time role. He now carries top-12 upside into this season.

Chargers S Derwin James sustained a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal of his right foot, the team announced Friday. James will "continue to be evaluated and the course of treatment is still to be determined," ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. This is the Jones fracture that we've seen strike down several WRs and Greg Olsen in recent seasons. We'll see about the specific return timeline for James, but we have to expect him to miss some regular-season games at this point. Players regularly suffer setbacks when trying to return from the injury, too. This basically takes the top fantasy DB off most IDP draft boards for now. Adrian Phillips filled in for James in Friday's practice, according to Williams. Phillips immediately becomes an intriguing fantasy sleeper. He finished among the top 30 fantasy DBs last year as a S-LB hybrid.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen suffered an ankle injury at practice this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Allen isn't expected to play in the 3 remaining preseason games but is expected to be ready for Week 1, per Schefter. We're not moving Allen in our WR rankings right now but will keep a close eye on him as we move toward the start of the season.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn told NFL Network's Michael Silver that he's "looking for big things" from Justin Jackson. Jackson has become a much bigger fantasy story with RB Melvin Gordon's holdout threat. As a 7th-round rookie last year, Jackson averaged 4.1 yards per carry on 50 attempts and 9.0 yards per catch on 15 grabs. In the 3 games Gordon missed and Austin Ekeler played in, Ekeler out-touched Jackson 52 to 21. But that split could shrink this season if Jackson takes a step forward. It'll be a situation to monitor, especially if Gordon's holdout extends deep into August.

"He looks awesome. He feels really good. He looks to be in great shape." That's what Chargers DC Gus Bradley had to say this week at OTAs about DE Joey Bosa, according to Joe Reedy of The Associated Press. But then the player conceded that he's still dealing with pain in the left foot that cost him 9 games last season. "It's not causing a limp or anything," Bosa said. "It's just there. It's just something I notice. It's been getting better all offseason, so I could definitely see by camp or maybe even next year where it kind of starts fading away. Once you get into season, it gets pretty intense. So we'll see." We don't want to worry too much about the foot right now, especially if Bosa's taking part in OTAs. But we certainly can't ignore the situation either. We'll be watching this as closely as any other IDP situation. Bosa sits near the top of our 2019 DL rankings at the moment.

The Chargers nabbed North Dakota State QB Easton Stick in Round 5 of the 2019 NFL Draft. Stick followed Carson Wentz as the Bisons' starter, completing 61% of his passes, averaging 8.9 yards per attempt and tossing 88 TDs vs. 28 INTs over the past 4 seasons. He ranked just 33rd in this year's QB class in adjusted completion rate last year, according to Pro Football Focus, but was 3rd best on throws of 20+ yards. Stick is also a plus athlete, totaling 2,523 yards and 41 TDs on the ground at North Dakota State. He recorded a 92nd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. Stick will attempt to develop into QB Philip Rivers' success in Los Angeles.

The Chargers selected Delaware S Nasir Adderley in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft. L.A. chose Derwin James in the middle of Round 1 last year and got a strong rookie year from him. But Jahleel Addae, the last season's other starter, is no longer on the roster. That presents opportunity for Adderley to start right away. Adderley grabbed 4 INTs and defensed 7 passes in 2018.

The Chargers grabbed Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery late in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. Tillery put together some nice tape with the Irish, but he topped out at just 9 tackles for loss in 2017. Don't expect big fantasy numbers from Tillery, but there is upside.

 
 
 

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