Chargers injuries, continued
Michael Davis, Corner – Doubtful (Hamstring)
Unfortunately, it appears that the Chargers are going to be missing their number two corner again, as Davis has missed each practice this week.
Brandon Facyson showed improvement last week and played at about replacement-level in coverage. While he was responsible for many of Kenny Golladay’s 117 yards, he was far better than week one. His play will be important as he will mainly be tasked with covering the under-performing but highly-talented Will Fuller V.
Adrian Phillips, Safety – IR, Out (Broken Arm)
When Derwin James was lost to IR due to a stress fracture in his foot, the concern about the void left in the secondary was somewhat muted, as his backup, Adrian Phillips, also just came off of his first Associated Press First-Team All-Pro season. Well, consider that concern muted no more.
On Monday, the Chargers placed Phillips on injured reserve with a broken forearm. While he can return before the end of the season, there is now a massive talent void at safety.
No other player at safety for the Chargers carries versatility similar to that of Phillips or James. Expect Gus Bradley to get creative with his substitutions, as the safeties that are better suited in pass coverage (Jaylen Watkins and Nasir Adderley) are pushed into taking more snaps. He will likely use an extra linebacker more often in situations where James or Phillips would traditionally act as an in-the-box safety. Keep an eye out for rookie Roderic Teamer to take snaps at strong safety as well.
Michael Badgley, Kicker – Doubtful (Groin)
Last week, Badgley’s absence finally made an impact on the scoreline, as two missed kicks by Ty Long could have made the difference in week two.
After a full practice on Wednesday and Thursday, Badgley appeared ready to go Sunday, but he apparently suffered a setback and has since been downgraded to doubtful. If he cannot go, there are worse options than Ty Long at kicker (although he should be allowed to focus on punting).