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Chargers Week 10 Injury Report: Both teams down in secondary depth

By Tyler Gallagher
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Defensive tackle Damion Square #71 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates the interception of defensive end Melvin Ingram #54 in the third quarter at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07: Defensive tackle Damion Square #71 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates the interception of defensive end Melvin Ingram #54 in the third quarter at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Chargers’ Opponent’s Injuries

Rodney Hudson, Center – Questionable (Ankle)

Hudson is the anchor of the Raiders offensive line; he has been playing well this year and has been the main communicator for their line. His backup, Andre James, has an appalling 23.6 grade on the season from PFF.

If Hudson is absent, the Chargers will be sure to take advantage of James’ inexperience by confusing him with complex blitzes and sending Square and Williams directly his way.

Trent Brown, Offensive Tackle – Questionable (Knee)

Powerful tackle Brown is a great run blocker and has been an important part of the Raiders’ rushing attack. While he has been a limited participant in practice the last two days, he could still miss this upcoming game.

Behind Brown, the Raiders have a good swing tackle in David Sharpe as a backup. He is not as powerful as a run blocker, so the absence of Brown could help the Chargers contain the run game, and free the defense up to guard against the pass.

Dwayne Harris, Wide Receiver/Kick Returner – Questionable (Foot)

Harris is a strong kick returner, but that is his sole role for the Raiders. His presence makes the Raiders’ special teams dangerous, so the Chargers would be lucky to avoid him in this meeting.

Josh Mauro, Defensive End – Out (Groin)

Mauro is a depth player for the Raiders, mainly effective as a run stopper and special teamer. His absence decreases depth on the edge, but it will not cause a major change in strategy for the Bolts.

Johnathan Abram, Safety – Out, IR (Shoulder)

The most significant injury for the Raiders this year occurred in Week 1, as hard-hitting safety  Abram was lost for the year with a torn rotator cuff and labrum.

Now, the Raiders have the NFL’s worst pass defense, as they allow nearly 300 pass yards per game. This tendency can and should be exploited by the Chargers talented receiver group of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, and Ekeler.

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