Los Angeles Chargers: Dontrelle Inman out at least 6 weeks following surgery

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman has undergone surgery to repair a torn core muscle, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman underwent core muscle surgery with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia and will be out six weeks, per source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 20, 2017

Inman is expected to miss about six weeks but should be back in time for training camp. That will be crucial for him as the wide receiver position is expected to be highly competitive this summer in Los Angeles. Inman can’t afford to fall behind, especially after the Chargers used their first-round pick on a wide receiver in Mike Williams, which already knocked Inman down at least one spot on the depth chart.

Inman is coming off his best season in the NFL, catching 58 passes for 810 yards and four touchdowns. The team had to rely on Inman much more than usual following injuries last season to Stevie Johnson and Keenan Allen. He responded and put up nice numbers.

Undrafted out of Virginia in 2011, Inman signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent. When he was cut that summer, he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He had two solid seasons there, helping the team win a Grey Cup in 2012.

The Chargers signed him as a free agent in January 2014 and he has gradually become a bigger part of the team each season.

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In addition to Williams, Allen and Tyrell Williams, the Chargers have several other options at wide receiver this year, including undrafted free agents Artavis Scott and Mitchell Paige. Third-year pro Geremy Davis will also be looking to make his mark on the team.

That means that Inman could be facing stiff competition to make the squad this season. While he’ll have a leg up in that competition due to his familiarity with the team, he’ll have to fend off a few guys who would love to have his spot.

The team will open training camp sometime in late July.