Inactive today are Sorensen, Taylor, Wright, Te'o, Butler, Fluker and Floyd.— Ricky Henne (@ChargersRHenne) September 22, 2013
To recap, the San Diego Chargers will be playing today without their best strong safety (Brandon Taylor), their best cornerback (Shareece Wright), both starting inside linebackers (Donald Butler and Manti Te'o), their starting right tackle (D.J. Fluker) and their best wide receiver (Malcom Floyd). That's five starters total, if you include Te'o as a starter, and at least two starters down on each side of the ball for the Chargers.
Can the Chargers beat the Tennessee Titans with that many injuries? I don't know. We knew the team's depth was going to be a problem this year, and here is their first real test.
The San Diego defensive line will have to play great to make up for the linebackers that are missing. Dwight Freeney and Jarret Johnson will need to get consistent pressure to keep Jake Locker from picking on Johnny Patrick and Richard Marshall. Michael Harris will need to show something more than he did last year in place of Fluker, and rookie Keenan Allen will get a chance to impress, starting in place of Floyd.
Could the season already be falling apart for the very thin and very injury-prone Chargers?
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