Injury Impact Report
Oakland Raiders Injury Impact: 5
While the Raiders are missing few players, their absences (or potential absence) have been impactful.
Hudson and Brown are integral to the Raiders’ offensive plan of a balanced offense in an era of passing. Furthermore, the loss of Abram has been catastrophic to the Raiders’ pass defense. Not many players are hurting, but they are important ones.
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Los Angeles Chargers Injury Impact: 7
The Chargers team continues to get healthier, and last week, many of the backups performed better as well.
The depth concerns on the interior of the defensive line (important against a strong rushing attack) have almost been completely erased by Square and Williams. While the Chargers have lost important players along the offensive line, they have had a player return (Russell Okung) and a player step up (Scott Quessenberry).
Still, problems remain. The safety position is razor-thin without Teamer, Phillips, and James. Run-stuffers Mebane and Perryman could be great assets in this game. Hopefully, the Chargers backups and game planning will be enough to overcome an improving Raiders’ team.