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Chargers transaction roundup following week full of injuries

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 23: Anthony Johnson #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers takes the field at the start of the preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium on August 23, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 23: Anthony Johnson #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers takes the field at the start of the preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium on August 23, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images)
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It’s been a busy week in the trainer’s room for the Los Angeles Chargers.

For a team that has had an ugly history when it comes to injuries, the Chargers are looking at being without several key players when they face the Detroit Lions in Week 2.

Of course, the team is already dealing with long-term absences for both Derwin James and Russell Okung and now, Hunter Henry, who missed all of last season, will be out for at least a month with a fractured knee.

In addition, it sounds like Mike Williams is likely to miss the game as well with a knee injury, taking away two key targets for Philip Rivers.

Finally, cornerback Trevor Williams, who has been out all offseason, was recently placed on injured reserve, depleting the team’s depth at cornerback.

It’s been a tough news week for a team coming off a real high when they defeated a tough Indianapolis Colts team in Week 1.

Because of this, the Chargers made several moves with their roster this week. While these transactions will largely fly under the radar, it’s always good to know who is and isn’t part of the team.

Both linebacker Curtis Akins and cornerback Kemon Hall were released from the practice squad. Akins was signed following cuts made by all teams to get to 53 players and only spent a couple of weeks with the team. The release of Hall was a bit surprising. The undrafted free agent spent the summer in the team’s camp and was placed on the practice squad following roster cuts, but even with a hole in the secondary, was let go.

Wide receiver Artavis Scott, who would have had a good chance to play on Sunday as a call-up from the practice squad if Williams can’t go, was placed on the practice squad injured list. This is just another setback for Scott whose career to this point could be easily described as “so close, yet so far away”.

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The team also added three players to its practice squad. Tight end Stephen Anderson, cornerback Tevaughn Campbell and wide receiver Anthony Johnson were all added to the 10-man unit.

Anderson is in his fourth year and has played for the Houston Texans and New England Patriots. He has 36 career catches and two touchdowns.

Campbell’s professional career started in the Canadian Football League. He played for the Calgary Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Montreal Alouettes in four seasons there before signing with the New York Jets this offseason. The Jets released him prior to the start of this season.

Finally, Johnson spent this summer with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but didn’t do enough to make the team’s final roster. His college career, which took place at Buffalo, included 25 touchdown receptions.

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