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Chargers WR Keenan Allen injured his hip in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game in Kansas City. He returned for 1 play but didn't look right and exited again. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler was placed in the concussion protocol after experiencing symptoms on Monday afternoon. He's also dealing with that neck injury and looks extremely unlikely to play against the Chiefs on Thursday night. The question now becomes whether RB Melvin Gordon can return from his knee injury for that one. If not, rookie Justin Jackson will operate as the Chargers' feature back.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler aggravated a neck issue Sunday and appears in doubt for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Ekeler will need further testing on the area, which had experienced "stingers" in recent weeks. The short turnaround for Week 15 obviously makes things more difficult. The Chargers might get Melvin Gordon back from his knee injury for that game. If not, they'd have to turn to rookie Justin Jackson as the backfield starter. Jackson hit Sunday still available in 57% of ESPN leagues.

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.

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.

Vikings DT Linval Joseph (ankle, knee, shoulder) is inactive for today's game against the Jets. His absence helps the Jets' rushing outlook. Pro Football Focus grades Joseph among the top one-third of interior defenders in run D. That doesn't propel Isaiah Crowell or Bilal Powell into attractive fantasy territory, but it makes each more palatable if you need 1 of them.

Bengals LB Nick Vigil suffered a left MCL sprain in the 1st quarter of Sunday's loss to the Steelers and is expected to miss the next month, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. LB Vontaze Burfict saw a spike in playing time -- from 53.1% to 83.6% -- and Vincent Rey stepped in to play 64% of the snaps after Vigil left. He's the best bet to start in Vigil's spot over the next few games.

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.

The Chargers have ruled LB Kyzir White out for Sunday's game against the 49ers with a knee injury. That could mean a starting spot for Jatavis Brown on Sunday. No Chargers LB makes for a strong IDP play, though.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the 49ers. He returned to a limited practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. HC Anthony Lynn said he's "comfortable" that Allen will be ready come Sunday. Chargers-Niners doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET, but we’ll look for an update on Allen’s status Sunday morning.

 
 
 

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