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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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CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 8: Delanie Walker #82 of the Tennessee Titans runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 8, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. Tennessee defeated Cleveland 43-13. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 8: Delanie Walker #82 of the Tennessee Titans runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 8, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. Tennessee defeated Cleveland 43-13. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Chargers Opponents’ Injuries

Delanie Walker, Tight End – Questionable (Ankle)

Walker has been quite similar to old-age Antonio Gates. He will never burn a defense, but he has reliable hands and a penchant for finding the soft spot in the middle of a defense.

If Walker cannot go, that is a valuable asset lost for the Titans’ offense, especially when passing against linebackers poor in coverage like Denzel Perryman and Thomas Davis.

Jayon Brown, Linebacker – Doubtful (Groin)

Jayon Brown is a starting inside linebacker for the Titans who excels in coverage. While he has been average against the run, his near-elite coverage ability for a linebacker will be heavily missed in this game, where linebackers facing the Chargers are tasked with covering players such as Ekeler and Hunter Henry.

Cameron Wake, Outside Linebacker – Questionable (Hamstring)

Cameron Wake was signed for a pretty penny this offseason by the Titans to serve primarily as an edge rusher. Though Wake is past his prime at 37, the NFL has few edge rushers that are as consistent as him.

The Titans may attempt to compensate for the absence of their excellent edge rusher with more blitzes against the Chargers. Regardless, if Wake is unable to go, it would certainly help a Chargers offense that has struggled mightily in pass protection this year.

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