As I have stated each time I write the Charger injury report articles, I hate doing these. Quite honestly, it’s depressing. This week is just as bad but it seems to be just as expected when it comes to the game status of each individual.
RB – Ryan Mathews ( Ankle )
P – Mike Scifres ( Shoulder/Clavicle )
WR – Keenan Allen ( Ankle/Collarbone )
C/G – Chris Watt ( Ankle )
DT/DE – Corey Liuget ( Ankle )
QB – Philip Rivers ( Chest/Back/Ribs )
CB – Shareece Wright ( Concussion )
Sadly, it was expected that Ryan Mathews would miss this week’s game. Despite Mike McCoy claiming that he hoped both Mathews and Keenan Allen would play, everyone had their doubts. With Allen having a fractured collarbone and injured ankle, I’m not sure why it was brought up that he might play. Listing him as doubtful seems “interesting” to me. Another non-surprise was that Scifres would not be able to play. Thanks again, Donald Brown.
Chris Watt has flashed some true ability during his play as a center. He has made some rookie mistakes, but that can be expected due to the fact that he has never played center prior to this season. Getting him back would be very helpful. Trevor Robinson filled in admirably but even having Watt for depth would be nice.
Was there any doubt as to whether Philip Rivers would play on Sunday against the Chiefs? Not only is he the toughest quarterback in the NFL, it would be fair to debate whether or not he’s the toughest player at any position. Battling multiple ailments, Rivers is a gamer and he knows what’s on the line in week 17.
Although he was replaced by a capable Steve Williams, getting Shareece Wright back from a concussion helps the secondary. With Jason Verrett already lost for the year, the more healthy corners there are, the better. Despite the solid performance from Williams against the 49ers, expect Wright to be inserted back into the starting lineup.
The Chargers have been banged up all year. After losing players like Danny Woodhead and Nick Hardwick to injured reserve, among others, the injuries have continued to pile up. Is anyone sick of hearing “Next man up?” Quite frankly, they have been rather successful by using this mantra and getting reserve players ready to contribute and even start in games. This week is no different. Now go get this W and earn your way into the playoffs.