Shark Bites

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.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is inactive for this morning's game in London against the Titans. He reportedly injured that hammy in Friday's practice. He'll get a Week 8 bye to heal up. Gordon's absence today leaves the Chargers with RBs Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome, who was just promoted from the practice squad on Saturday. Ekeler obviously gets a huge bump here -- although it's worth noting that the 5'10, 200-pounder hasn't topped 11 carries in an NFL game. He, of course, will play a big role in the passing game, so we'd expect 15-18 total touches today.

The Chargers have downgraded RB Melvin Gordon to questionable with a hamstring injury. The 9:30 a.m. ET start means we’ll have to check Gordon’s status at 8 a.m. If he’s out, Austin Ekeler would obviously get a big fantasy boost.

The Chargers will be without LB Jatavis Brown (groin) and LB Kyzir White (knee) for today's game against the Browns. That leaves the defense down to its #3 weak-side LB, with only Denzel Perryman as an IDP option in the LB corps.

Mike Badgley will kick for the Chargers in Cleveland today, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. K Caleb Sturgis is dealing with a quad injury. Avoid this situation in Week 6 fantasy lineups.

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Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) is officially active for today’s game against the 49ers. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, so don't expect him to be 100%. But Allen remains in WR1 territory in the Week 4 Rankings.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) is expected to play against the 49ers today. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, so don't expect him to be at 100%. But Allen still belongs in season-long lineups in a plum matchup. WR Travis Benjamin (foot) is also expected back for the Chargers today, per Rapoport. It's all good news for QB Philip Rivers.


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