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After suffering their third loss of the season, another game in which the Chargers should have come out victorious, the Bolts enter their Week 5 contest against the Oakland Raiders very banged up.

But what’s new?

The team announced its practice participation report for Wednesday’s practice.

 

Did not participate:

  • SS – Jahleel Addae    Clavicle
  • LB – Nick Dzubnar    Knee
  • CB – Brandon Flowers    Concussion
  • CB – Jason Verrett    Knee (It was announced on Wednesday that he has a partially torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season)

 

Limited participation:

  • OT – Joe Barksdale    Foot
  • OT – King Dunlap    Illness
  • OG – Orlando Franklin    Knee
  • TE – Antonio Gates    Hamstring
  • OT – Chris Hairston    Groin
  • ILB – Joshua Perry    Knee
  • ILB – Denzel Perryman    Shoulder

 

Full participation:

  • DL – Joey Bosa    Hamstring

 

The Good:

Well, I’ll be damned! Joey Bosa may play in his first NFL game since being drafted by the Chargers with the third overall pick in this year’s draft. Though the team will remain cautious regarding the hamstring ailment that the rookie has been dealing with since signing his rookie contract, Bosa may be added to the mix as a situational pass rusher come Sunday.

Again, the team has not decided whether or not he will indeed make his NFL debut, but it is nice to see that he is getting closer to suiting up in a regular season game for the Bolts.

 

The Bad:

Both starting offensive tackles (Joe Barksdale and King Dunlap) and the team’s starting left guard (Orlando Franklin) were all limited participants on Wednesday. Joining the injury-laden linemen is swing-tackle Chris Hairston.

After using 26 different offensive line combinations during the 2015 season, the Chargers are already having to mix and match their options along the offensive front.

In addition to the offensive line, the team’s inside linebacking corps is banged up (Dzubnar, Perry and Perryman all were limited), too. When you add in the loss of Manti Te’o for the season, a once promising group has been reduced to shambles. Hopefully the shoulder injury to Perryman is not too serious, and he’ll play on Sunday at close to 100 percent.

The only positive that comes from the maladies suffered by the inside linebackers is it forces the team to get rookie backer Jatavis Brown more involved on the defensive side of the ball.

 

The Ugly:

Despite the fact that the defense was without cornerback Brandon Flowers this past Sunday, and he did not practice on Wednesday, that is not the worst news regarding the secondary this week. Stud cornerback Jason Verrett has been lost for the year due to a partially torn ACL.

Recovering from the loss of your best defensive player is never a small task.

The secondary has already been without starting strong safety Jahleel Addae, as he suffered a clavicle injury and is expected to miss more time.

As it stands right now, the cornerback group is down to Casey Hayward, Craig Mager, Pierre Desir and the recently re-signed Stevie Williams; that is, of course, if Flowers struggles to pass the concussion protocol tests as we approach Sunday.

 

Just like any other year in recent memory for Chargers fans, the team has been bombarded with injuries, forcing the club to play individuals that even some Chargers fans are not familiar with the names on the backs of their jerseys.

I mean, this was supposed to be “our year,” right, guys? (Every year is supposed to be our year, as long as the team stays healthy and the coaches find a way to remove their heads from their asses…..)

The injury report leading up to this week’s game is certainly something worth keeping your eyes on, folks.

 

Dave Booga Peters

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