San Diego 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 - PCLQUESTIONABLEHead coach Anthony Lynn said he believes in using multiple running backs, but he also added that Gordon (knee, hip) will get the ball "over and over" if he gets in a groove, Chargers.com reports. "I'm a proponent of let the hot hand roll," said Lynn. "If Melvin touches the ball and Melvin produces, Melvin will stay in the game. But, we will be using multiple running backs."

Though injuries cost him the final three games of the season, Gordon spent most of his sophomore campaign serving as one of the NFL's few three-down workhorse backs. Lynn seemingly wants to increase the involvement of the team's other running backs next season, but there's no question Gordon will still be heavily used. The biggest concern would be if the team re-signed Danny Woodhead (knee), who could pose a major threat to Gordon's receiving workload. Gordon caught 41 of 57 targets for 419 yards and a pair of scores last season, with four or more receptions in six straight games between late October and early December.

(Updated 03/09/2017)
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) won't be a full participant when the Chargers begin team activities on April 3, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise given Allen is less than a year removed from tearing his ACL. However, the 25-year-old did state he is almost able to do "everything," including running and cutting, which would indicate Allen should be ready to go for training camp. Should Allen stay healthy, he figures to be a major force in an offense that loves to chuck the ball.

(Updated 03/20/2017)
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 FarrowShoulderQUESTIONABLEFarrow (shoulder) could have an increased role in a San Diego backfield that no longer includes Danny Woodhead, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

A 2016 undrafted free agent, Farrow finished his rookie season with 60 carries for 192 yards and 13 catches for 70 yards in 13 games, ultimately finishing out the year on injured reserve due to a shoulder ailment. With no indication the injury was serious, Farrow should be back to compete for a reserve role behind Melvin Gordon in the San Diego backfield in 2017. The second-year runner doesn't have the pass-catching chops to profile as a real replacement for Danny Woodhead, who signed with the Ravens after missing most of last season with a torn ACL. Farrow's best shot at an expanded role would occur if the Chargers transition to more of a power-oriented offense.

(Updated 03/15/2017)
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 JohnsonKneeQUESTIONABLEThe Chargers have released Johnson (knee).

Per NFL.com, the move saves the Chargers $3.5 million. Johnson, who turns 31 in July, did not see any regular season action in 2016, following meniscus surgery in August. Assuming he is able to re-prove the soundness of his knee, Johnson should catch on elsewhere, given his level of experience, good size (6-foot-2, 207 pounds), and past production, notably during his stint with the Bills, which ended in 2013.

(Updated 03/07/2017)
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 (biceps) expects to be ready for the start of offseason workouts in April, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.

Mebane went down in Week 10 with a torn biceps, an affliction that typically accompanies a three-month recovery timetable. Considering he'll be roughly four months removed from the injury when offseason workouts start up in April, Mebane's optimism for his impending availability is certainly warranted.

(Updated 03/08/2017)
01/26/17RBBranden OliverAchillesQUESTIONABLEThe Chargers agreed to a contract with Oliver on Thursday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Oliver sustained a devastating Achilles tear near the end of the preseason slate, missing the entire 2016 campaign as a result. The injury was one of many to the Chargers' backfield, who lost Danny Woodhead (torn ACL) and Melvin Gordon (knee/hip) at various points during the season. After Woodhead bolted to the Ravens this offseason, the Chargers don't have an experienced hand behind Gordon on the RB depth chart. No matter, some combination of Oliver, Kenneth Farrow (shoulder), and recent pickup Kenjon Barner are seemingly capable if called upon in brief bursts.

(Updated 03/23/2017)
01/26/17DLTenny PalepoiSuspensionSUSPENDPalepoi (suspension) signed a one-year deal Monday to remain with the Chargers.

Palepoi provides value as a reserve defensive lineman for the Chargers, who credited him with nine quarterback hits last season, marking the third-most on the team. After violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, however, Palepoi missed San Diego's final three games last year and will be required to sit out Week 1 of this year. Once eligible to return, Palepoi figures to return to his usual depth role.

(Updated 03/20/2017)
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 (Achilles) has agreed to a two-year deal with the Saints, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.

Looking to bounce back from a torn Achilles suffered in September, the 26-year-old linebacker will join a Saints defense that seemingly has bigger issues than its linebacking corps. While there appears to be ample competition at the position, the Saints don't have any proven standout performers, which means Te'o should at least have the opportunity to compete for a starting job. He started 34 of his 38 games during a four-year run in San Diego, with injuries limiting him to 13 or fewer appearances each season, though he still averaged 5.8 tackles per game.

(Updated 03/21/2017)
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 - ACLQUESTIONABLEWoodhead (knee) has officially signed with the Ravens.

This signing might have seemed a bit surprising at first glance, but it made a lot more sense once the Ravens announced that Kenneth Dixon will be suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season. Dixon's backfield mate, Terrance West, isn't much of a pass catcher, so Woodhead is a sensible addition to the Baltimore backfield. It's still surprising to see the 33-year-old get a three-year contract while recovering from a torn ACL, but the structure of the deal probably limits Baltimore's investment beyond the first season. Assuming Woodhead makes a full recovery from the injury he suffered in Week 2, he should be a valuable target for Joe Flacco on check-downs. Woodhead said Friday that his knee feels great, adding that he'd only continue playing if he knew he could be the same player he was in past years, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

(Updated 03/11/2017)
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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