The LA Chargers won’t be without their best wide receiver and cornerback against the Las Vegas Raiders.
The LA Chargers released the final injury report for Week 9 against the Las Vegas Raiders and there was good news as both Keenan Allen and Casey Hayward were dubbed active.
Fans did not know whether or not either player would play heading into Sunday. Allen is dealing with an undisclosed illness, although we can conclude that it is not coronavirus-related as he would have been put in the COVID-19/reserve list.
Hayward suffered a calf injury against Denver in Week 8 but this status for the game was seemingly unrelated. His status was up in the air heading into Week 9 for non-injury reasons.
The LA Chargers do still have some significant inactives that will make life harder in Week 9.
LA Chargers Week 9 inactives:
Easton StickTroymaine PopeTrai TurnerStorm NortonJessie LemonierJoey Bosa pic.twitter.com/LoZjSmWVju
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) November 8, 2020
The biggest name on this list that immediately jumps off the page is Joey Bosa. Bosa had to leave last week’s game and was put into concussion protocol — he was expected not to play in this game.
The Chargers, luckily, have Melvin Ingram active and he should be off of his snap count. Uchenna Nwosu has also had a really promising season, so against a banged-up Raiders’ offensive line, the Chargers’ defensive line should be able to make a difference without Bosa.
We were also hoping that this would be the week that Trai Turner would return from injury, but to no avail. He was practicing more this past week than previous weeks, which is a really positive sign. The hope is that the Chargers are simply not rushing the Pro Bowl guard and he can return soon.
Troymaine Pope also suffered a concussion against the Broncos and is out of the game for the same reason as Bosa. Pope had a breakout game last week and now the rushing attack is going to be manned by just Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson.
Storm Norton, Jesse Lemoiner and Easton Stick are not significant losses. It is not surprising to see Stick inactive now that Tyrod Taylor has returned to the active roster to be Justin Herbert’s backup.