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Chargers injury updates: FS Nasir Adderley and FB Derek Watt

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Derek Watt #34 after scoring a one yard touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with Derek Watt #34 after scoring a one yard touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Chargers head into the summer with the majority of their roster healthy, but two players are currently dealing with injuries…

The Chargers are currently facing new injuries to two players: Rookie free safety Nasir Adderley and veteran fullback Derek Watt. Let’s start with Adderley:

Lynn said rookie Nasir Adderley has an unspecified injury and was held out of practice on Monday. No timetable for his return.

— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) June 3, 2019

Lynn did not disclose what injury it was specifically, but that the rookie was sore and that he would practice when he was ready. It sounds like he would prefer Adderley be “100 percent” at this time of the year heading into training camp and the preseason. This does not sound as alarming as the tweet would suggest; if Lynn is trying to be as honest as possible in his response, it appears the Chargers are just being cautious with Adderley, who all but likely is the projected starter, regardless of what the depth chart says for now. Expect Rayshawn Jenkins and Jaylen Watkins to get more playing time

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said FB Derek Watt had shoulder surgery two weeks ago and is rehabbing. No time table for his return.

— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) June 3, 2019

This does not come as a surprise, though remembering the health of the team’s starting fullback isn’t a necessity for fans. In the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the New England Patriots, Watt was not given any snaps on offense, though he did play 76 percent of the game’s special teams stats. The failure to log a snap on offense may have had something to do with the game flow, where the Chargers found themselves down multiple touchdowns very early. He was limited with a shoulder injury heading into the game:

Chargers injury report — DNP: RB Melvin Gordon (knee), C Mike Pouncey (thumb). LIMITED: CB Brandon Facyson (concussion), LB Kyle Wilson (concussion), FB Derek Watt (shoulder). FULL: S Jahleel Addae (shoulder), T Sam Tevi (groin), TE Hunter Henry (knee).

— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) January 9, 2019

Next. Grading the Chargers' running back corps

For now, the presented information does not suggest a need to panic. For what it’s worth, even earlier than this time last year, Hunter Henry tore his ACL, so it could be much worse. Adderley’s absence appears to be precautionary, and Watt did not appear to sustain a new injury and is recovering from a surgery two weeks ago. Both are worth keeping an eye on.

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