Inman (abdomen) is expected to be "pretty close" to 100 percent come training camp following core muscle surgery, Jack Wang of The Orange County Register reports.
Given Inman is expected to be sidelined roughly six weeks following the surgery, it seems likely the 28-year-old will be able to recover in time for training camp. That being said, Inman's fantasy value is already in limbo after the team drafted Mike Williams with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he could find himself even further down the depth chart should he miss more time than expected.
Inman is expected to be sidelined roughly six weeks following core muscle surgery, Eric Williams of ESPN reports.
Inman is expected to miss the rest of the team's offseason activities, but the timing of the surgery should allow him to return for the start of training camp in the latter portion of July. The 28-year-old developed a rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers following No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen being forced out for the year in Week 1 of last season. He finished with four touchdowns and 810 yards on 58 receptions. With Allen returning this season, and the Chargers' first round selection of Mike Williams in the NFL Draft, Inman will presumably be competing for snap opportunities this season. Thus, entering training camp in full health should be a top priority for the Virginia product.
Inman has waited in limbo since the Chargers placed a second-round tender on him just before free agency kicked off on March 9. Now that he's back in the picture, though, he'll have a chance to build upon a breakout 2016 season in which he gathered in 58 catches (on 97 targets) for 810 yards and four touchdowns. Potentially hindering his cause are the concurrent recoveries of Keenan Allen (knee) and Travis Benjamin (knee), who serve as two of Philip Rivers' top options in the passing attack, when healthy. Because Allen has played in just nine of a possible 32 games the past two campaigns, the injury bug could again bite and thereby elevate Inman's standing within the offense.
Although he's coming off a career-best season, Inman is unlikely to draw interest from other teams now that it requires a second-round pick to acquire him, in addition to the actual cost of a contract. He'll likely see his role reduced next season, as Keenan Allen (knee) is believed to be on track in his recovery from a torn ACL.
An undrafted free agent who joined the Chargers active roster in 2014, Inman has produced well when pressed into action, recording 1,296 receiving yards and seven touchdowns over the last two seasons. While the 28-year-old likely will need to fight for playing time, he's proven to be a fantasy asset when he's seen the targets. Given the health concerns of Keenan Allen, there's certainly a chance Inman could find his way into a prominent role down the road.
|P3||8/26/17||@ LAR||8:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ SF||10:00 pm|
|1||9/11/17||@ DEN||10:20 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/17||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|15||12/16/17||@ KC||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
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