Los Angeles Chargers

Stadium: StubHub Center | Coach: Anthony Lynn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense14th94.4 (26th)262.4 (7th)
Defense16th97.9 (10th)249.2 (20th)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
01/31/17WRTravis BenjaminKnee - PCLQUESTIONABLEBenjamin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Benjamin took advantage of a bruised and battered Chargers offense in the early stages of the 2016 season, cranking out two 100-yard outings and hauling in a pair of touchdown receptions within his first five games with the team. However, his ability to practice was hindered by a knee injury beginning in Week 7, after which he required two DNPs (Weeks 10 and 17). During that stretch, he didn't surpass four receptions or 75 yards in a given appearance, ending the campaign with 47 catches (on 75 targets) for 677 yards and four touchdowns in 14 contests. Last week's procedure was undertaken in order to clean up a Grade 2 PCL sprain but shouldn't impact his readiness for the offseason program, which will kick off on April 3 in Los Angeles.

(Updated 01/31/2017)
01/31/17RBMelvin GordonKnee - PCLQUESTIONABLENew head coach Anthony Lynn believes Gordon (hip) could rise to another level in his third season, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. "He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year. And I told him we can take this to another level. We're going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him."

It's interesting to note that Lynn did not discuss Gordon's burgeoning receiving skills, instead opting to discuss what he could improve while running the ball. Given Danny Woodhead's impending free agency, it remains to be seen if the Chargers view Gordon as a three-down back or if they'll prefer to utilize him strictly in the ground game. Regardless, it's clear Lynn and the rest of the Chargers staff took notice of the Wisconsin alum's breakout 2016 campaign. Assuming he recovers from a hip and knee strain that caused him to miss the final three games of the regular season, Gordon should certainly be considered one of the top fantasy running backs entering the 2017 season.

(Updated 02/16/2017)
01/27/17LBBrock HekkingFootQUESTIONABLEHekking spent the 2016 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.

Hekking was waived with an injury designation by the Chargers and placed on IR after he cleared waivers. He'll look to remain healthy and catch on as a depth linebacker and special teams player in 2017.

(Updated 01/26/2017)
01/26/17WRKeenan AllenKneeQUESTIONABLEAllen (knee) was seen running on the practice field Thursday, Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

As a result, Allen, who tore his ACL in Week 1, appears to be on track to return for spring practices. With the emergence of Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman, Allen should fit nicely into what figures to be a dangerous aerial attack next season. Still just 24-years-old, Allen has been a focal point of the Chargers' offense when he's been on the field, but season-ending injuries in the past two seasons will likely damper fantasy optimism until he can show he has fully returned to form.

(Updated 12/30/2016)
01/26/17LBJeremiah AttaochuFootQUESTIONABLEAttaochu (foot) will be placed on injured reserve, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Attaochu broke his right foot Sunday against the Texans. He's scheduled for surgery later in the week and his recovery is expected to take "a couple months". Both Tourek Williams and Chris Landrum project to see additional snaps in his absence.

(Updated 11/28/2016)
01/26/17DLZamir CarlisAnkleQUESTIONABLECarlis (ankle) was moved to the Chargers' injured reserve list Wednesday.

Carlis suffered an ankle injury during practice, but the severity or nature of which is undisclosed.

(Updated 08/31/2016)
01/26/17TEJeff CumberlandAchillesQUESTIONABLECumberland (Achilles) was placed on the Chargers' injured reserve list Monday, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Cumberland suffered a torn Achilles' tendon Friday during the Chargers' second preseason game against the Cardinals, ending his 2016 campaign before it had even started. When healthy, he'll hit the free agent market as an unrestricted free agent in 2017.

(Updated 08/22/2016)
01/26/17LBNick DzubnarKneeQUESTIONABLEDzubnar (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday, ESPN reports.

The special teams stud went down in Week 4 with a knee injury, but the specifics of which are unclear. DT Damion Square was activated to take his place on the Chargers' active roster.

(Updated 10/10/2016)
01/26/17RBKenneth FarrowShoulderQUESTIONABLEThe Chargers placed Farrow (shoulder) on injured reserve Monday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Farrow left the field for a short spell Saturday in Cleveland to undergo an evaluation on his shoulder but ultimately returned to action. With 57 yards from scrimmage by game's end, he'll finish the season with 60 carries for 192 yards and 13 receptions (on 16 targets) for 70 yards in 13 games, including starts in his final two appearances. By joining Danny Woodhead (knee) and Brandon Oliver (Achilles) on injured reserve, Farrow will leave the Chargers' backfield to Melvin Gordon, who is day-to-day with hip and knee injuries, and Ronnie Hillman.

(Updated 12/26/2016)
01/26/17DBBrandon FlowersConcussionQUESTIONABLEFlowers (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Ricky Henne of Chargers.com reports.

Flowers had missed three consecutive games due to concussion symptoms before the team ultimately made the decision to end his season for good. In just six appearances throughout his 2016 campaign, Flowers managed 28 tackles, five passes defensed, and one interception returned for a touchdown. Trovon Reed and Trevor Williams figure to see expanded roles with Flowers sidelined.

(Updated 12/14/2016)
01/26/17WRJavontee HerndonKneeQUESTIONABLEHerndon (knee) was moved to the Chargers' injured reserve list Wednesday.

Herndon injured his knee July 30 and wasn't able to recover in time to make the team.

(Updated 08/31/2016)
01/26/17WRSteve JohnsonKneeQUESTIONABLEJohnson (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Johnson underwent successful knee surgery Tuesday, but wasn't placed on injured reserve until Thursday, which has now officially ended his 2016 campaign. The 30-year-old receiver has played in eight NFL seasons and will likely have to prove he's still got enough left in the tank following a tough knee injury. The Chargers signed James Jones to fill in for Johnson at wide receiver to help provide depth behind projected starters Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin.

(Updated 08/11/2016)
01/26/17DLSean LissemoreShoulderQUESTIONABLELissemore was placed on injured reserve Monday after suffering a shoulder injury, Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Lissemore was looking to rebound from a poor 2015 season in which he managed to play in just 11 games, tallying 16 tackles. While the 28-year-old was not expected to start this season, the injury will tax the Chargers depth along the defensive line, forcing unheralded players such as Ryan Carrethers or Chuka Ndulue to receive additional snaps on the defensive front.

(Updated 08/16/2016)
01/26/17DBCraig MagerShoulderQUESTIONABLEMager (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The Chargers promoted linebacker Carlos Fields from the practice squad to fill Mager's roster spot. Mager had established himself as one of the Chargers' starting corners before suffering a shoulder injury against Carolina in Week 14. Trovon Reed has seen a significant uptick in snaps with Mager sidelined and he figures to see a healthy amount of playing time in Sunday's season finale.

(Updated 12/31/2016)
01/26/17RBDexter McClusterForearmQUESTIONABLEMcCluster will be placed on the non-football injury list after fracturing his forearm in a household accident and will be out for the remainder of the season, Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The Chargers have been absolutely marred by injuries this season, and McCluster's accident, which involved the movement of luggage, describes their misfortune in a nutshell. McCluster was signed after the loss of Danny Woodhead for the year, and with the former now done for the year, Melvin Gordon, Kenneth Farrow and Derek Watt are the only healthy running backs on San Diego's roster. It remains to be seen who will take over kick and punt return duties for the Chargers, though Travis Benjamin seems like a leading candidate.

(Updated 11/05/2016)
01/26/17DLBrandon MebaneBicepsQUESTIONABLEMebane was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Mebane suffered a torn bicep in Week 10's loss to the Dolphins. It was expected all along that the defensive tackle's season was over, but the team waited till returning from their bye week to officially make the move. At 31, the veteran proved he still has something left in the tank as he registered 21 tackles, one sack and one interception in 10 games. Damion Square is expected to take over as starter for the remainder of the season.

(Updated 11/22/2016)
01/26/17RBBranden OliverAchillesQUESTIONABLEOliver (Achilles) is expected to start running in January, Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Oliver was placed on IR after tearing his Achilles in the preseason, kicking off what would a rocky season in terms of health for Chargers running backs. While Oliver is expected to be ready for spring practices, there's no guarantee he'll be practicing with the Chargers as the 25-year-old is slated to become a restricted free agent following the conclusion of the 2016 season.

(Updated 12/30/2016)
01/26/17DLTenny PalepoiSuspensionSUSPENDPalepoi has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

With the suspension, the 25-year-old will miss the rest of the regular season. Through two seasons, the reserve defensive lineman has accumulated 29 tackles and recovered a fumble.

(Updated 12/12/2016)
01/26/17DLCaraun ReidKneeQUESTIONABLEReid (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Eric Williams of ESPN.com reports.

The news comes as no surprise after the defensive tackle tore his ACL in Sunday's win over the Falcons. Expect Damion Square and Tenny Palepoi to see an increased workload with Reid out the remainder of the season. The Chargers also brought back Pierre Desir from the IR to take over Reid's roster spot.

(Updated 10/25/2016)
01/26/17LBManti Te'oAchillesQUESTIONABLETe'o has been placed on IR after suffering a torn Achilles during Sunday's game against the Colts.

It was expected Te'o would be placed on IR after it was announced Monday, Te'o had indeed torn his Achilles. Former Raiders linebacker Korey Toomer will take Te'o's place on the roster, with rookie Jatavis Brown expected to take over as the starting inside linebacker opposite Denzel Perryman.

(Updated 09/28/2016)
01/26/17DBJason VerrettKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEVerrett (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Verrett required surgery after being diagnosed with a partial tear in his ACL earlier this week, and his recovery timetable will prevent him from taking the field again in 2016. Given that he did not suffer a full tear of his knee ligament, he could be back at 100 percent before training camp begins next year.

(Updated 10/07/2016)
01/26/17RBDanny WoodheadKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEThe Chargers hope to re-sign Woodhead this offseason, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Woodhead played in just two games this season before suffering a torn ACL. Although that severely restricted his output going into unrestricted free agency, the early timing of the injury has Woodhead expected to be fully healthy for offseason workouts. Whether those take place with the Chargers or not remains to be seen, but after workhorse second-year tailback Melvin Gordon ended this season banged up himself, having Woodhead back around would ideally enable Los Angeles to keep both backs relatively fresh in 2017.

(Updated 01/30/2017)
01/02/17LBChris LandrumConcussionQUESTIONABLELandrum sustained a concussion during the Chargers' season finale Sunday against the Chiefs.

With San Diego's 2016 campaign now in the books, Landrum will have ample time to return to full health by next season.

(Updated 01/01/2017)
01/02/17LBDenzel PerrymanKneeQUESTIONABLEPerryman (knee) finished the season with 72 tackles, two sacks and one interception.

Perryman has yet to play a full season since the Chargers drafted the linebacker in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft. While the 23-year-old has taken on more of a leadership role within the defense, injuries have dampened what was a generously optimistic IDP value heading into the year. While Perryman is expected to start at one of the two inside linebacker spots next season, his injury history will likely give IDP owners pause before drafting him next year.

(Updated 01/05/2017)
01/02/17DBDarrell StuckeyConcussionQUESTIONABLEStuckey injured his knee during the Chargers' season finale Sunday against the Chiefs.

The Chargers' season is over and Stuckey will have plenty of time to return to full health in time for the start of the 2017 campaign.

(Updated 01/01/2017)
09/09/16LBShaq PettewayUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEPetteway (undisclosed) reached an injury settlement with the Chargers on Friday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The details of his injury remain unclear. Nonetheless, Petteway is now eligible to join another organization.

(Updated 09/09/2016)
 

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