The LA Chargers are suffering one of the worst injury bugs in the NFL right now. After having one of the healthiest seasons in recent franchise history in 2021, all of the injuries are coming back to bite LA in a season that was billed as the most exciting since 2006.
Before Week 3 even started the Chargers were dealing with injuries to key players in Keenan Allen, Justin Jackson, Corey Linsley, Donald Parham, and most importantly, Justin Herbert. Then during the team's loss to Jacksonville, the likes of Rashawn Slater, Joey Bosa and Jalen Guyton all suffered significant injuries that will lead to lost time.
In the case of Slater and Guyton, it will result in them missing the rest of the season. Slater ruptured his bicep tendon and Guyton tore his ACL. Bosa suffered a groin injury that will result in him missing time, but he should return sooner rather than later.
All of this has happened and that is without mentioning that Justin Herbert noticeably looked like he was playing hurt in Week 3 and this is an injury that is going to continue to linger for weeks, if not months. It has been nothing but bad news for the Chargers and we are only three weeks into the season. However, there has been at least one positive development ahead of Week 4.
Chargers finally get some positive injury news as Keenan Allen is set to return this week.
While it can be hard to get excited with everything going on in Los Angeles, this is a really positive sign for the Chargers' offense. Los Angeles has notably not been the same without Keenan Allen on the field as the offense has been pretty inconsistent since the second half of the Raiders game.
The first half of the Raiders game looked fantastic as the team was able to target Allen in early drives and then replace his role with DeAndre Carter to finish off drives. However, since then, Joe Lombardi has not been able to scheme anything that is consistent enough without his top weapon out.
It is a mixture of less-than-perfect play-calling and not having receivers that can separate quickly from the line of scrimmage. Sprinkle in an offensive line that has been horrible, a bad run game and a quarterback with rib issues and of course, the offense is going to struggle.
At least with Allen potentially back in the fold, Justin Herbert will have his go-to option back. So much of the team's success lies in Keenan Allen's elite third-down ability and without that, this offense is a shell of its former self.
Hopefully, Allen returning can be enough to spark the team and not only lead to a win over the Houston Texans but a defining win. If there is any team in the league that needs a huge win in Week 4, it is the LA Chargers.