The LA Chargers have dealt with a lot of injuries to start the 2022 season. Fans were extremely excited for the potential ceiling of this team heading into the year and just about everything has happened thus far to potentially derail the Bolts.
It has not been perfect but the team has been able to hold on and currently has a 3-2 record. Week 6 presents a big opportunity for the Bolts to jump to 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in the AFC West against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.
While the Broncos have not been playing great this season, they still have a lot of talent on the roster and cannot be taken lightly, especially as a divisional opponent. The Chargers are going to need all the help they can get, including from players that have been out of action this season.
Luckily, Thursday's Chargers injury report provided a lot of optimism, as the Bolts did not have a single "did not participate". There are still some limited players whose status is up in the air, but the fact that every single player participated is huge for the team.
Keenan Allen, Dustin Hopkins and Trey Pipkins are the only players who are limited for the Chargers. All signs are pointing to Hopkins and Pipkins playing in Week 6, with Allen's status being the most up in the air. Even if Allen cannot return for Week 6, the fact that he is back practicing is a big deal for the Bolts.
The Denver Broncos injury report is much worse than the Chargers injury report.
Additionally, perhaps for the first time this season, the Chargers are the team with better injury luck as it currently stands. There are still three full days until these two teams play but there are a lot of Broncos players that showed up on the injury report on Thursday.
A total of 18 Broncos were on the injury report. Dalton Risner and Josey Jewell did not participate while another 12 players were limited, including key players like Russell Wilson and Melvin Gordon, to name a few. Wilson is expected to play but that is ultimately a good thing for the Chargers.
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Just having an advantage in the number of injured players is not going to win the game for the Chargers but it certainly is going to make things a lot easier than previous weeks. If Keenan Allen does play, we will finally see what this offense can look like this season at full strength.