The LA Chargers have had to deal with the injury bug all season long but it finally feels like things are turning around for the team. For the first time pretty much all season, the Chargers had all of their top receivers against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14 and it showed as Justin Herbert balled out on primetime.
That could be the start of a health avalanche for the Chargers, who might be getting several other key players back for their final push to the playoffs. If the Bolts can get healthy and make the playoffs they are undoubtedly going to be the team that nobody wants to face in a win-or-go-home game.
One of the biggest players that the Bolts lost to injury this season is Rashawn Slater. Slater ruptured his bicep tendon in Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, forcing the Chargers to go to rookie Jamaree Salyer at left tackle. And while Salyer has been better than expected, there is no denying that this offensive line is much better when Slater is playing.
Luckily for Chargers fans, Brandon Staley provided a promising update about Slater on Monday after Week 14. It originally seemed like Slater would not come back at all this season but now, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for his return.
It is hard to overstate how important Slater is to this team and how big his return would be for the offense. Getting him back is better than any kind of late season addition that any other team can have in the league.
Rashawn Slater isn't the only Chargers player with positive injury news.
As mentioned, things really seem to be turning around for the Chargers. Slater is not the only player that the Bolts could be getting back in the near future as the team finally starts to take shape with the roster that we were all excited for before the season.
Tight end Donald Parham is set to return to practice this week and is slated to play in Week 15 against the Tennessee Titans. This not only gives Justin Herbert another one of his premier pass-catchers but also gives the Chargers a positive blocking presence in the tight-end room. That is something they have not had all season.
The Bolts could also get back the players that they missed in Week 14. The trio of Sebastian Joseph-Day, Bryce Callahan and Trey Pipkins are all progressing well and are expected to be back in practice this week. Derwin James is still day-to-day with a shot of playing in Week 15 against Tennessee.
Perhaps the biggest addition for the Bolts is premier edge rusher Joey Bosa. Rumblings of Bosa returning to practice this week started on Sunday as the Chargers' pass rusher is recovering from a groin injury. Staley wouldn't commit one way or the other about Bosa's return but it is impossible to not get excited about his potential return either in Week 15 or shortly after.
This is a huge boost for a Chargers team that is coming off of its biggest win of the entire season against the Dolphins. While it has been bleak at multiple points this season, things are finally starting to look up for the Bolts.