Game Day is finally here! Tonight, the San Diego Chargers kick-off their regular season with a Monday Night match-up against the Arizona Cardinals. The biggest news injury-wise coming into this game is Andre Ellington and whether he'll be able to suit-up and play after injuring his foot on Thursday and missing practice Friday, before returning Saturday for light participation in drills. Ellington has had concerns with injuries since college, and after this latest setback, the Cardinals might consider resting him to prevent further injury.
They have been mum about this entire situation, with several reports suggesting he will play tonight. In any case, he will be a game-time decision and we won't know much else until right before kick-off.
Tyrann Mathieu practiced fully throughout the week and looks on schedule to play, even though he is listed as questionable as well.
For the Chargers, it looks as though Jahleel Addae could be missing tonight's game, as a hamstring injury has kept him out of practice since mid-August. He is listed as questionable, but with so much practice time missed, it might be safer to keep him out of this contest.
Lawrence Guy, Sean Lissemore, and Manti Te'o will be game-time decisions tonight, but after fully participating in practice on Saturday, their chances to play tonight look better than they did earlier in the week.
Antonio Gates was a late addition to the Chargers' injury report, after tweaking his hamstring in practice on Saturday, and enters this game with a questionable game status.
Punter Dave Zastudil was also a surprise add to the final injury report for the Cardinals, and with his questionable status and no other punter on the team, Arizona could end up signing someone today to fill those duties, or let their rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro duel responsibilities in his NFL debut.
Chargers Injury Report
Probable: WR Keenan Allen, CB Jason Verrett
Questionable: SS Jahleel Addae, TE Antonio Gates, DE Lawrence Guy, DT Sean Lissemore, LB Manti Te'o
Out: CB Chris Davis (ankle)
Cardinals Injury Report
Probable: OG Jonathan Cooper, WR Larry Fitzgerald, LB Kevin Minter, DE Frostee Rucker
Questionable: RB Andre Ellington, FS Tyran Mathieu, P Dave Zastudil
Out: OLB Alex Okafor (thigh)