San Diego Chargers Injury Report: Floyd, Te'o and Liuget expected to be ready for Week 1

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Heading into the final week and a half of the NFL preseason, the San Diego Chargers have three important starters that are injured. They're hoping all three of them will be ready to play the Houston Texans on September 9, 2013.

It's still the preseason, so it's still hard to tell which San Diego Chargers players are injured and which ones aren't, but these are the ones we know for sure to be injured that the team planned to use as starters.

Malcom Floyd

After a scary collision with Shareece Wright in practice, many thought that Malcom had torn his ACL (similar to Danario Alexander) and would be done for the season. We waited for the MRI results that night to find out that it was simply a strain and he was fine.

Knowing that they were thin on receivers, and that Malcom Floyd doesn't really need work with Philip Rivers, the team has been extra careful with Malcom Floyd. He finally returned to the practice field yesterday, and has looked good today, but I wouldn't expect him to play against the 49ers on Thursday.

Ready for Week 1?: Yes

Corey Liuget

Corey has a shoulder strain that occurred in the first defensive series against the Chicago Bears. The team knows that Corey is one of the two most valuable players on the defense, and they're taking it slow with him.

He's been doing cardio work during practices, staying in shape without working the shoulder, and will probably join team drills immediately after the last preseason game on Thursday. However, since we haven't see him practice yet, we don't know exactly where that shoulder is at.

Ready for Week 1?: Maybe

(Bonus: Liuget's backup, Damik Scafe, is apparently in a walking boot following this weekend's game against the Arizona Cardinals. Even if Liuget isn't 100%, he may be forced into playing in Week 1 because of depth issues.)

Manti Te'o

Praying Manti (I'm sorry, that nickname is too good to pass up) played on nine defensive snaps in the Chargers first preseason game, against the Seattle Seahawks, and has been in a walking boot ever since due to a sprained ankle.

Mike McCoy and the Chargers coaching staff have said that they're confident Te'o will be ready for the home opener against the Houston Texans, but that can't possibly still be true. Manti's boot just came off today, meaning he's finally able to put weight on the ankle. Next step will be jogging, then running, and then catching up with everyone else that has played in this defense for more than nine snaps.

If I'm being realistic, I think Te'o has a chance of starting at inside linebacker somewhere around Week 3, as long as he doesn't have any setbacks with the ankle. At this point, I'd be surprised if he suits up for the Texans game in 13 days.

Ready for Week 1?: Probably not

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