Chargers-Cowboys Injury Report: Offensive Line is in Trouble

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Injuries along the Chargers Offensive Line could make things difficult for Philip Rivers and the offense.

San Diego Chargers Injury Report

Player Pos. Injury Wed. Thu. Fri. Game Status
Donald Butler ILB Groin FP FP FP Probable
Jeromey Clary G-T Clavicle DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
King Dunlap T Concussion DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Malcom Floyd WR Neck DNP DNP DNP Out
D.J. Fluker T Concussion FP FP FP Probable
Dwight Freeney OLB Not Injury Related LP FP - -
Nick Hardwick C Shin LP FP FP Probable
Chad Rinehart G Toe DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Manti Te'o ILB Foot FP FP FP Probable
Shareece Wright CB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Questionable

First up, the good news.

We'll finally get to see the starting ILB corps in game action. Manti Te'o and Donald Butler were full participants in practice this week and are listed as Probable for the game; they'll start. After missing the game against the Titans, D.J. Fluker will start against the Cowboys; that applauding you hear is coming from Ryan Mathews and the rest of the Chargers Running Backs.

Now the bad news.

Even though the Chargers get D.J. Fluker back, it's not looking good for the rest of the Chargers Offensive Line. Every single starter along the Offensive Line is dealing with an injury of some sort.

Jeromey Clary, King Dunlap and Chad Rinehart all did not practice at all this week. Clary and Rinehart are listed as Doubtful, so I wouldn't expect them to play. King Dunlap is listed "only" as Questionable, so he could still play. The Chargers OL already had their work cut out for themselves — the Dallas Cowboys have 13 sacks on the season so far, that's an average of over 4 a game — but now that they're all banged up, it'll be a miracle if Philip Rivers comes out of the game alive.

Dallas Cowboys Injury Report

Player Pos. Injury Wed. Thu. Fri. Game Status
Miles Austin WR Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Morris Claiborne CB Shoulder FP FP FP Probable
Dwayne Harris WR Hip DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Ernie Sims LB Groin FP FP FP Probable
DeMarcus Ware DE Neck LP LP LP Probable

The Cowboys' injury report looks much more favorable for the Cowboys than it does for the Chargers.

The Chargers do get a break in that Miles Austin will not be playing. Other than that ... sigh. Dwayne Harris is questionable, but he hasn't been a huge piece of the Cowboys offense this year. DeMarcus Ware, while dealing with a neck injury, is listed as probable.

San Diego already had a difficult road ahead of them on Sunday, the injuries won't be doing them any favors.

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