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Chargers TE Hunter Henry is in the Concussion Protocol

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Standout rookie tight end Hunter Henry apparently suffered a concussion in the Chargers’ 33-30 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons. Mike McCoy revealed during his regular press conference that Henry was going into the concussion protocol. His status for next Sunday’s contest against the reigning world champion Denver Broncos is now in question.

Many were wondering during Sunday’s game in Atlanta why Henry was not on the field during the latter stages of the game. Now, it would seem that we have an answer to those questions. Antonio Gates was able to step up in Henry’s absence and make plays to help the Chargers to victory. Next Sunday, Gates, as well as Sean McGrath and Asante Cleveland, could be called upon to shoulder more of the load again.

Riding a two-game winning streak traveling to Denver, the Chargers need a road win against their divisional opponent to maintain a realistic shot at winning the division. The possible absence of Henry will make that a taller task, but it’s certainly still possible.