Chargers injuries, continued
Hunter Henry, Tight End – Out (Knee)
Virgil Green, Tight End – Questionable (Groin)
Sean Culkin, Tight End – Out, IR (Achilles)
Henry will be out again and Sean Culkin was lost for the season with a torn achilles, which makes Virgil Green’s presence much more important.
The most important responsibility of the Chargers’ tight ends this week will be assisting in blocking Von Miller. Green, a blocking tight end, will be valuable in this game, so his availability is important. If Green cannot go, in-season additions Lance Kendricks and Stephen Anderson will be tasked with blocking Miller.
Thomas Davis Sr., Linebacker – Questionable (Groin)
The groin injuries continue to plague the Chargers, as Thomas Davis is questionable with a groin injury. Davis will be valuable in this game if available, as the Chargers will likely want to stack the box against Denver’s running back duo of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman in order to force Joe Flacco to win the game with his arm.
If missing, Davis will likely be replaced with a rotation of Jatavis Brown and Kyzir White. Hopefully, Davis is available, as his large body and propensity to rack up tackles would be impactful against the Broncos.
Melvin Ingram III, Linebacker – Questionable (Hamstring)
While not yet racking up the sacks this year, Ingram has continued to be an important part of the Chargers defense by causing pressures and contributing significantly in run support. Fortunately, in his absence, the talented youngster Uchenna Nwosu will start.
Without Ingram, Gus Bradley may get a bit more creative with his blitzes on passing downs, but there should not be a massive drop off in production with Nwosu being a great backup to have.
Nasir Adderley, Safety – Doubtful (Hamstring)
While many have rightfully been calling for Adderley to get more playing time, he has been almost exclusively a special teams player through this point in his career. His loss for this game simply decreases depth for the Chargers.
Michael Badgley, Kicker – Doubtful (Groin)
When Ty Long hurt his plant foot on a kickoff last week (fortunately, not seriously), the Chargers discovered the danger of only having one kicker on the roster, and they signed Chase McLaughlin.
While this is the right move for the long term, it will certainly give Chargers fans some extra stress while watching the special teams this weekend. After finally getting comfortable with Long, Chargers fans will have to endure another new face at kicker.