The Los Angeles Chargers will play host to the division rival Kansas City Chiefs this week, and they will have to do so without star cornerback Jason Verrett, who has already been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup.
After posting three straight “DNP” in practice this week, Verrett is set to miss his second consecutive game in this young season. With head coach Anthony Lynn’s comment’s a while back about Verrett never having been fully ready to play, we have to wonder why he was ever given the green light to go in week one. As far as this week is concerned, look to see Trevor Williams starting in Verrett’s spot with rookie Desmond King manning the nickel. More of Desmond King is always a good thing.
The surprise on the injury report this week is RB Melvin Gordon. Gordon's name appeared on the report Thursday and is listed as having a knee injury. He has been limited in practice since then. It would be a huge loss for the Chargers should Gordon miss Sunday's game. Running lanes for MG3 have been far from plentiful so far this season, but Gordon remains a difference maker in the bolts backfield as a pass catcher. The Chargers will need his services for any hope of beating the Chiefs.
On the good news front, first round pick Mike Williams has been a limited participation all week as he works his way back from a herniated disc. It’s the first time Williams has been at least partially engaged in an entire week of practice, which is encouraging. Don’t expect to see the Clemson product on the field this Sunday as he’s already been officially ruled out, but it’s still good to see that he is apparently making progress.
Williams fellow receiver Dontrelle Inman was a full participant in practice all three days and should be full go against the Chiefs. He will be in his role as the team's fourth receiver behind Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, and Travis Benjamin.
The Chargers have three offensive linemen on the injury report this week. Spencer Pulley (Knee), Joe Barksdale (Foot), and Kenny Wiggins (Ankle). Pulley and Wiggins both appear good to go after practicing fully for a majority of this week. Barksdale, on the other hand, is listed as questionable after sitting out practice on Friday. He was able to practice fully on Thursday, and on a limited basis on Wednesday. The Chargers will need their offensive line to be whole and mostly healthy to help fend off the ferocious pass rush of Kansas City.
Rookie S Rayshawn Jenkins fully participated in all of this week’s practices and should be active on Sunday. Jenkins is primarily a rotational player right now and shouldn’t be expected to see a high volume of plays barring injury to either Jahleel Addae or Tre Boston.
And finally, LB Hayes Pullard was a late addition to the injury report, landing himself on there as a limited participant in Friday's practice. Pullard is listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Whether Pullard is healthy or not, the Chargers would be wise to add a little more Korey Toomer into their defensive game plan. Toomer hasn't exactly been the player he was last season over the first two games, but he still appears to be the bolts second best linebacker at the moment.