Player News - Chargers

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Mike Williams caught a 55-yard touchdown in Week 7 against the Titans.

Williams scored his touchdown on the Chargers' first drive of the second half. He had two end-zone targets, but couldn't come up with either of them. Williams briefly exited after getting shaken up late in the fourth quarter but didn't miss any time. He'll have the Chargers' Week 8 bye to get healthy.
Oct 21 - 1:33 PM

Tyrell Williams caught four passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Titans.

Williams roasted Logan Ryan for a 75-yard touchdown on the Chargers’ first play. He had a quiet second half with the Chargers losing the time-of-possesion battle. Williams is a one-trick deep threat, but he's had a high floor this season, with at least 40 yards or a touchdown in 6-of-7 games. Williams gets a matchup with Seattle in Week 9.
Oct 21 - 1:27 PM

Keenan Allen caught five passes for 72 yards in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Titans.

Allen didn't get a ton of volume with Philip Rivers only attempting 26 passes. He had an on-field outburst after not getting targeted in the end-zone late in the fourth quarter. Allen has hit his floor all year but has only one touchdown. He's due for some positive regression in the second half.
Oct 21 - 1:17 PM

Austin Ekeler rushed 12 times for 42 yards and caught 5-of-7 passes for 26 yards in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Titans.

Ekeler got the start with Melvin Gordon out. This was one of his worse games of the year despite the expanded role. The Chargers scored both of their touchdowns on deep shots, so there wasn't a ton of red-zone opportunities for Ekeler. With Los Angeles on a bye, Ekeler looks destined to resume a change-up role in Week 9.
Oct 21 - 12:52 PM

Philip Rivers completed 19-of-26 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers' Week 7 win over the Titans.

Rivers hit Tyrell Williams on a 75-yard bomb on the Chargers’ first play from scrimmage. Both of his touchdowns were 50-plus yards, with Mike Williams beating the Titans deep to open the second half. Rivers attempted only 26 passes but he's been a lot more efficient this year with a 17:3 TD/INT ratio. The Chargers are on bye next week, but Rivers will be in the lower-end QB1 mix against Seattle in Week 9.
Oct 21 - 12:46 PM

Updating an earlier item, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Joey Bosa (foot) is expected to make his season debut against the Seahawks in Week 9.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported earlier Sunday that a Week 9 return would be "quite ambitious" for Bosa, though apparently Schefter's sources see the situation playing out a bit differently. Bosa has yet to suit up this season while nursing a painful bone bruise on his left foot, though the third-year pass-rusher resumed running recently and is slowly "regaining his form." Bosa's return would be a massive lift for the Chargers' defense.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 21 - 11:16 AM

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the likelihood of Hunter Henry returning from a torn ACL this year remains "quite remote."

The Chargers have held off on placing Henry on injured reserve, leaving open the possibility that he could return at some point this season. Henry has made progress in his recovery from a torn ACL, an injury he suffered during offseason minicamp, though the Bolts are "not optimistic" he'll make it back before the end of the season. Henry's absence has certainly been felt as the Chargers haven't gotten much production from their tight ends this year.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 9:52 AM

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Joey Bosa (foot) remains without a timetable.

There's been speculation that the Pro Bowl pass-rusher could return after the Bolts' upcoming bye week but that possibility seems "quite ambitious," according to La Canfora. The former third overall pick has so far avoided surgery but hasn't been able to do much "football activity" in the early stages of his rehab. The Chargers remain hopeful that Bosa will be back at some point during the second half, though obviously his return can no longer be taken for granted.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 9:51 AM

Travis Benjamin (foot) is active for Week 7 against the Titans.

Benjamin will make his first appearance since Week 4. He's unlikely to have much of a role, but it's a hit to Mike Williams' playing time. The Chargers inactives are RB Melvin Gordon, K Caleb Sturgis, LB Kyzir White, C Cole Toner, OT Trent Scott, OG Forrest Lamp, and DE Joey Bosa.
Oct 21 - 8:12 AM

Melvin Gordon (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 7 against the Titans.

Gordon was downgraded to questionable Saturday after his hamstring injury was more serious than initially thought. His status was tipped when Detrez Newsome was promoted from the practice squad. Hamstring injuries can linger, but Gordon has a bye next week to get healthy. Austin Ekeler will start for Gordon and is a plug-and-play RB2, with Justin Jackson backing him up.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Gordon's absence won’t have a significant impact on the Week 7 DFS landscape with the Chargers game's 9:30 AM London start time, but look for Austin Ekeler to become the workhorse back for the Chargers in Gordon’s absence. For those playing slates that include this game, Ekeler is a sure value in this spot as he appears in line for a heavy workload with both rushing and pass-catching involvement.
Oct 21 - 8:02 AM

Travis Benjamin (foot) is expected to play against the Titans in Week 7.

Benjamin hasn't played since re-aggravating his foot in Week 4. Although he's off the fantasy radar, his presence alone plummets Mike Williams' usage. Williams played just 53% of the Chargers' offensive snaps in Week 1, but hasn't played less than 63% since Benjamin's been out. Williams is a boom-bust WR4 in this particular matchup against the Titans' secondary.
Oct 20 - 11:53 PM

Chargers signed RB Detrez Newsome from the practice squad.

It suggests Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is on the wrong side of questionable. Newsome would be the No. 3 back behind Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson if Gordon is ruled out.
Oct 20 - 5:24 PM

Melvin Gordon (hamstring) has been downgraded to questionable for Week 7 against the Titans.

Gordon was limited in Friday's practice but the Chargers didn't list him on the injury report. It sounds like his hamstring issue is more than just cramping. Late week downgrades are never good, so this is a legitimate concern. With the Chargers playing in London, we'll know Gordon's status early Sunday.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: As in any case, a players’ injury designation trending downward as the week progresses is never a good sign, and Gordon appears truly questionable for Week 7. The good news is Gordon’s potential absence doesn't have a big impact on the DFS slate due to the game being played in London at 9:30 AM ET Sunday morning. That said, Austin Ekeler would be a great value if Gordon doesn’t suit up for any Thursday-Monday slates, Showdown slates, etc.
Oct 20 - 3:42 PM

Melvin Gordon (hamstring) was removed from the Week 7 injury report.

Gordon was limited in Friday's practice but has no injury designation for Sunday's game. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Gordon was dealing with some cramping issues. He'll be an RB1 against the Titans in London.
Oct 19 - 1:17 PM

Caleb Sturgis (quad) is questionable for Week 7 against the Titans.

Sturgis is not expected to play, especially after replacement Mike Badgley went 6-for-6 on all of his kicks last week against the Browns.
Oct 19 - 11:09 AM


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