- Geremy Davis, Wide Receiver – Doubtful (Hamstring)
- Jatavis Brown, Linebacker – Doubtful (Ankle)
- Drue Tranquill, Linebacker – Questionable (Back)
- Roderic Teamer Jr, Safety – Doubtful (Hamstring)
These four players are expected to contribute on special teams.
The Colts kick and punt returners are Zach Pascal and Chester Rogers, respectively. Neither is particularly dangerous, so this substitution should not be too impactful.
- Michael Badgley, Kicker – Questionable (Groin)
This injury is a new development that is extremely concerning. Badgley was added to the injury report on the last practice of the week. His questionable designation could mean anything from a 50 percent chance to play to an almost certainty, as the “probable” designation is no longer available for players.
If Badgley were to miss the opener, Ty Long would likely take his place at kicker. Long played as both a kicker and punter in the CFL, however, he missed an extra point this preseason. Thus, losing Badgley for a game would be less impactful than when Drew Kaser was forced to replace Nick Novak in a game, but it would be significant nonetheless.
Tony Romo on Drew Kaser: “Just a bit outside.” pic.twitter.com/IlZiRRoQQS
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) November 23, 2017
On a scale of 1-10, where 1 is the lowest impact of injury on the unit and 10 is the highest, below is an analysis of the impact of injuries on the Chargers offensive, defensive, and special teams units.
Note that these numbers represent the impact against a particular opponent and not just the impact of the player injuries.
Offensive Impact: 6
While the Chargers are only missing one starter on offense, it is quite an impactful one.
Okung would be a massive help in blocking a great edge rusher in Houston. However, even with Okung, the offense would still have to overcome an average-at-best offensive line. Things could be far worse for the offense on the injury front.
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Defensive Impact: 7
In this game, the Chargers will be missing a very significant amount of depth as well as one star.
Most of this injury impact is due to the absence of James. Fortunately, the Chargers have some good depth behind James in the secondary, but the impact will certainly be felt.
The Chargers are fortunate that they are relatively healthy in terms of their starting defensive linemen and linebackers. These units should be more important than the secondary in this game, as they will be tasked with beating perhaps the best offensive line in football and a good running game.
Special Teams Impact: 8
While Badgley seems likely to play, any potential injury to the kicker causes a massive concern for the special teams unit. No player is more important to any unit than the importance of the kicker to the special teams unit.
As far as the other special teams injuries go, the Colts’ lack of return threat helps keep these injuries from being too great.