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Chargers Injuries and Impact: Defensive line injuries important against Titans

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Marcus Mariota (8) of the Tennessee Titans holds off Jatavis Brown (57) of the Los Angeles Chargers during the Tennessee Titans against the Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Marcus Mariota (8) of the Tennessee Titans holds off Jatavis Brown (57) of the Los Angeles Chargers during the Tennessee Titans against the Los Angeles Chargers at Wembley Stadium on October 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) /
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 13: Defensive tackle Justin Jones #93 of the Los Angeles Chargers pushes away free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on the field during the fourth quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 13, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 13: Defensive tackle Justin Jones #93 of the Los Angeles Chargers pushes away free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on the field during the fourth quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 13, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) /

Chargers: Injuries Continued

Justin Jones, Defensive Tackle – Out (Shoulder)

Brandon Mebane, Nose Tackle – Out (Knee)

Unfortunately, the Chargers picked an awful week to be missing their two starting interior defensive linemen, as they will be facing a powerful Tennessee rushing attack headed by Derrick Henry.

Without these two, Damion Square and Jerry Tillery will likely be given the start. Square is a decent run-stuffer, but Tillery has been awfully inconsistent to start the season. Expect the Chargers to frequently load the box and push the Titans to put the ball in the hands of Ryan Tannehill.

Melvin Ingram III, Defensive End – Doubtful (Hamstring)

While Ingram was given his massive contract due to his pass-rushing ability, what the Chargers will miss most from him in this game is his underrated ability to stop the run. Uchenna Nwosu will again be tasked with holding his spot. Nwosu has clearly been better against the pass than the run in his career, so his progress in run support will be put to the test in this game.

Nasir Adderley, Safety – Out (Hamstring)

Adderley will be absent again for the Chargers. While he would be unlikely to factor into the gameplan if healthy, his lengthy absence has grown concerning to the point that coach Anthony Lynn has said that Adderley’s year is looking like a redshirt season, per Orange County Register’s Gilbert Manzano.

Michael Badgley, Kicker – Questionable (Groin)

With two full practices and one limited practice this week, Badgley looks like he is close to being ready to roll this week. While an active Badgley would likely give the Chargers a slight upgrade at kicker, the Bolts have managed just fine without him.

It will be interesting to see if the Chargers decide to cut Chase McLaughlin in the coming weeks or create a regular-season kicking competition, as Lynn said could happen, per NBC San Diego’s Fernando Ramirez.

Important Players on NFI or IR: Russell Okung, Mike Pouncey, Adrian Phillips, Derwin James

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