The Los Angeles Chargers were able to get by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but they weren’t able to do so unscathed.
The Chargers used a huge game from Austin Ekeler to get past a resilient Colts team in overtime. Ekeler rushed for 58 yards and had 96 yards receiving while scoring three touchdowns, including the game-winner in the extra session.
The defense left a lot to be desired but as always, the biggest concern after most any game in the NFL is the health of players. Since the NFL season is a marathon and not a sprint, staying healthy is as important as anything for teams looking to make a run at the Super Bowl.
Here is an update on some of the Chargers’ injuries:
Michael Davis: Already down a cornerback in Trevor Williams, the Chargers watched Davis leave with a hamstring injury. Brandon Facyson replaced him in the lineup and struggled. There’s no timetable for how much time, if any, Davis will miss.
Mike Williams: Williams seemed to get injured after making a reception and the training staff was working on his ankle on the sideline. After the game, he seemed to be fine and it doesn’t look like a serious injury.
Desmond King: King muffed a punt that was recovered by the Colts and then left the game pointing to his head. It’s unclear whether he was hurt or just trying to say he wasn’t thinking when he clearly should have made a fair catch.
Mike Badgley: Badgley was kept out of the game due to a groin injury, but as well as Ty Long did kicking the ball, the Chargers should be in no rush to get the “Money Badger” back on the field.
Jatavis Brown, Trevor Williams, Geremy Davis, Roderic Teamer: Each of these players was listed as inactive ahead of the game with the Colts due to various injuries. Their status will have to be monitored heading into next week’s game against the Detroit Lions.
The Chargers need to get both Davis and Williams back healthy as soon as possible. The Colts targeted Facyson when he was in the game and the second-year player was burned in coverage multiple times while also missing some tackles.
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The team dodged a bullet with Williams as injuries have plagued him throughout his career and have also been about the only thing that has slowed him down. Williams had just two catches for 29 yards in this game.
Fans were likely panicked when it was revealed that Badgley, a late addition to the week’s injury report, would not play. But what a find Long has been. The team’s punter pulled double duty on Sunday, making all three of his extra-point attempts and a 40-yard field goal. Hopefully, Badgley gets well soon, but the team seems to be in good hands until he does.
Despite not having Davis and Teamer on special teams, the Chargers covered kicks and punts well and rookie Drue Tranquill even had a partially blocked punt that set the Chargers up nicely, leading to a field goal and a 17-6 lead in the game.
The Chargers had some players get banged up, but at this point, it doesn’t seem like any of the injuries will linger for any great length of time.