That is the list so far, but there is potential for it to get even longer. The Chargers will head north to Chicago in Week 8 to face the Bears, and for a moment, it looked like they weren’t going to face starter Mitch Trubisky.
Trubisky has since practiced fully, and everything points to him ending his two-week hiatus this week against the New Orleans Saints. For a time it looked like Chase Daniel was going to be the starter against the Chargers, but now it looks like that ship has sailed.
Another potential starter in the Chargers’ schedule that has gone down is Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles, who was signed during the offseason to be their starter. Everything looked on track until he suffered an injury in their Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs which placed him on injured reserve.
The next man up was Gardner Minshew II, who has been a sensation around the NFL both on and off the field. He has combined his on the field performance with his off the field antics and charisma to become one of the most talked about players in football.
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Foles’ injury wasn’t that serious, and reports indicated he would return later in the season. After Minshew’s performance on the field, that is now being questioned. Come Week 14, when the Chargers face the Jaguars, it may be Minshew instead of Foles who the Chargers face.
Prior to the season, many thought Joe Flacco would be eventually benched in favor of rookie Drew Lock. All that talk has since died down, as Flacco has been efficient, although nothing special. He still is a candidate to be benched, should he go through a rough stretch, and Lock can’t be dismissed as the possible starter in the Week 13 rematch between the Chargers and Broncos.
There’s Philip Rivers on one side of the spectrum, who hasn’t missed a game in his whole career since he became the starter in 2006. Then there’s the Chargers’ opponents, who seem to go down or be benched at the same rate as Chargers players get injured.
In a season where almost everything has gone worst-case scenario, it’s good to know not all of the Chargers’ luck is bad.