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Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. At this point, fantasy owners shouldn't count on having him in Week 4 lineups. We'll see if his status changes over the next couple of days.

Chargers CB Chris Harris is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a foot injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Panthers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's not a big deal for IDP purposes, but Harris' absence will be good news for opponent slot WRs while he's out. For Sunday, that will be Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin -- if he's able to return from his hamstring injury. Beyond that sit the Saints, Jets and Dolphins.

Saints TE Jared Cook was knocked out of Sunday night's game vs. the Packers with an ankle injury. We'll look for an update on the severity. Rookie TE Adam Trautman played a season-high 52% of the offensive snaps with Cook sidelined, hauling in both of his targets for 17 yards.

Chargers WR Mike Williams injured his hamstring in Sunday's game against the Panthers and is officially questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one.

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The Chargers have placed DE Melvin Ingram (knee) on IR. The ailment came up suddenly late in the practice week, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that he "should be back soon." Ingram will miss at least the next 3 games. DE Uchenna Nwosu steps into a starting role for that span, which finds matchups with the Panthers, Buccaneers and Saints.

Chargers DE Melvin Ingram is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Ingram put in full practices Wednesday and Thursday but then suddenly sat out Friday with a knee injury. HC Anthony Lynn called it knee soreness that worsened from Thursday to Friday, according to Daniel Popper of The Athletic. Ingram's absence should put Uchenna Nwosu into the starting lineup.

Chargers QB Justin Herbert got the start in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. That was quick. QB Tyrod Taylor was uninspiring in the Week 1 win over the Bengals, so L.A. is going with its 1st-round rookie. We'll see how he fares today. Herbert has the weapons and rushing ability to be a fantasy factor this season.

Update: It's reportedly a chest injury that's keeping Taylor out of this game. We'll look for more details.

Chargers RB Justin Jackson (quad) is inactive for today’s game against the Chiefs. Rookie Joshua Kelley is locked in as the #2 RB behind Austin Ekeler — although game flow might work against Kelley today.

Chargers RB Justin Jackson (quad) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Rookie Joshua Kelley has cemented himself as Los Angeles’ #2 RB.

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.

 
 
 

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