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Chargers Week 9 injury impact: Packers star on brink of returning

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Running back Justin Jackson #22 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes the football during the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Running back Justin Jackson #22 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes the football during the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GREEN BAY, WI – OCTOBER 18: Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers carries the football against Damarious Randall #23 of the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI – OCTOBER 18: Keenan Allen #13 of the San Diego Chargers carries the football against Damarious Randall #23 of the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Chargers: Opponent’s injuries

Davante Adams, Wide Receiver – Questionable (Toe)

For several weeks, the Packers’ top receiver, Davante Adams, has been out with a turf toe injury. While he is listed as questionable for this week, the video below shows Adams is good to go against the Chargers.

Davante Adams leapfrogging grown men has to be a good sign, right? #Packers pic.twitter.com/USrU6l3rvM

— John Doran (@JohnDoranTV) November 1, 2019

With Adams appearing to be healthy, Casey Hayward is going to be in for quite the challenge this week, as he will likely be shadowing Adams. If Adams suffers any kind of setback, that could free Bradley to run more zones and blitzes, but otherwise, expect Hayward to be all over Adams in this one.

Robert Tonyan, Tight End – Questionable (Hip)

Robert Tonyan, the Packers’ third-string tight end, missed last week with a hip injury, but he appears close to returning. While a third-string tight end is typically of minor or no consequence, the Packers do like to use two tight end sets frequently, so Tonyan has seen the field a decent amount this year and has played well.

However, whether Tonyan can make his return this week or not, Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis will be the first tight ends to take the field. If Tonyan cannot play, the Chargers will likely see fewer two tight end sets.

Injury Impact Report

Green Bay Packers Injury Impact: 1.5

If you look at the Green Bay Packers injury report, you will find an extensive list of players, nearly all of whom have no injury designation. With only a backup tight end at risk of missing this Week 9 matchup, the Packers are among the healthiest teams in the NFL right now.

The only reason that the Packers injury impact is a 1.5 rather than a 1 is the potential of re-injury to a star (Adams). However, with Adams appearing to be at full health, there is practically no major injury of consequence for the Packers.

Los Angeles Chargers Injury Impact: 7.5

Finally, the Los Angeles Chargers are beginning their slow climb back into some semblance of health. Among the players that are returning this week or last include Russell Okung, Justin Jackson, Melvin Ingram, and Michael Badgley.

Yet, many key players are injured and need to return before the Chargers’ injury impact can begin to lessen. Safety will be a major concern in this game, especially against the strong arm of Aaron Rodgers.

Next. Why Chargers will, won't beat Packers

Furthermore, the depth on the interior of the defensive line is depleted, and one more injury could be catastrophic against a strong Packers rushing attack. The Chargers have many injuries the Green Bay Packers could exploit without catching many breaks in return. Hopefully, the change at offensive coordinator along with a strong game from Gus Bradley can help to mask injuries.

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