The LA Chargers have been the most injury-prone team in the entire league this season. After one of the most aggressive offseasons in franchise history, the Chargers had one of the most talented rosters in the entire league heading into 2022.
That talented roster has been depleted at just about every turn as the injuries have piled up at an alarming rate. Despite all of the hurdles (and frustrations from fans), the Chargers have been able to fight tooth and nail for a 5-5 record. They now head into the most important stretch of the season.
After losing back-to-back primetime games, the Chargers likely have to win five of the last seven games to get into the playoffs. That starts in Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals, who are dealing with some big injuries of their own.
It seemed like the Chargers were finally getting healthy in Week 11 and that good things were on the horizon. However, that optimism has decreased with Week 12's injury report as a big-name player headlines the report after re-aggravating his injury last week.
Mike Williams is listed as OUT on the Chargers injury report for Week 12.
After getting both Mike Williams and Keenan Allen back last week, Justin Herbert will once again be without Williams as he aggravated his high-ankle sprain in a leaping catch against the Chiefs. It makes you wonder if the team rushed Williams back, as he did return ahead of schedule from the Week 7 injury.
Fortunately, Allen is still active for the game and should be on less of a snap count than he was on last week. With Joshua Palmer really coming into his own over the last few weeks, the Chargers should be able to move the ball against a bad Cardinals defense with Allen and Palmer leading the way.
Unfortunately, the team could be without two important players in the secondary in Nasir Adderley and Michael Davis. Adderley and Davis have not been great this year but if they miss the game it will be a big test for rookies Ja'Sir Taylor and JT Woods.
Kyler Murray was a full participant in Arizona's practices later in the week, making this game much tougher for the Chargers. Los Angeles already has one of the worst defenses in the league and with no Adderley or Davis, it is almost guaranteed to be an offensive shootout.
Regardless, the Chargers are going to have to overcome their issues if they want any chance of making the playoffs. The same can be said for the Cardinals, whose season would effectively be over with a loss to the Bolts in Week 12.