The Los Angeles Chargers finally faced a team with similar injury woes last week in the Miami Dolphins, and they get another break in their schedule with a matchup against a battered 0-4 Denver Broncos team.
With the win last week, the Chargers move to 2-2 on the season, having overcome many injuries thus far. This week, they will need to continue to gameplan around injuries to beat a down but tough Broncos team that has only lost one of their four games by more than a single score.
Below are the injuries and game-planning that will impact this Week 5 matchup between the Chargers and Broncos.
Justin Jackson, Running Back – Doubtful (Calf)
If Melvin Gordon is ready to go as expected, even on a limited snap count, Justin Jackson’s injury becomes much less significant.
Jackson has had a major role and has played well in Gordon’s absence. However, he was set to be the biggest loser in snap count following Gordon’s return. Barring an injury to Gordon or Austin Ekeler, the Chargers should be fine without Jackson for a week.
Mike Williams, Wide Receiver – Questionable (Back)
Travis Benjamin, Wide Receiver – Questionable (Hip)
Dontrelle Inman, Wide Receiver – Out, IR (Quad)
Williams and Benjamin have both participated in limited practices all week. While Benjamin’s performance has been deserving of a benching, every healthy body will be needed for this game against the Broncos, as the Chargers receiver depth has been heavily depleted.
Inman, who seemed poised to take snaps from Benjamin, was recently placed on the injured reserve list. Furthermore, Hunter Henry will be missing again. With Keenan Allen likely being shadowed by Chris Harris Jr., whoever is healthy between Williams and Benjamin will be receiving plenty of targets alongside rookie Andre Patton.