Chargers Receive Brutal Injury Update About Offensive Star

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The Los Angeles Chargers are coming out of their Week 8 bye with a 4-3 record and looking to bounce back after suffering a loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7. They are starting a two-game road trip with a visit to the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons and were hopeful that the bye week would help them get healthier, but that doesn’t seem to have been the case.

Los Angeles’ offense has been hit hard by injuries this season as they have been without and are going to be without multiple key contributors. One of those players that they have missed is wide receiver, Keenan Allen.

Allen was having an excellent season debut with four receptions for 66 yards against the Las Vegas Raiders before he injured his hamstring. The severity wasn’t expected to be too bad, but Allen ended up not appearing in a game again until Week 7 against Seattle as he re-aggravated it during practice in Week 4.

He finished the game against Seattle with two catches for 11 yards but is once again battling his hamstring ailment. His status for this weekend’s game against the Falcons is now in doubt as head coach Brandon Staley said that Allen’s hamstring is not responding as well as they had hoped it would.

“He did his workout Monday morning. He did a rehab session, or whatever you want to call it, a training session, in the morning,” Staley said, via a transcript from the team. “We’re just being careful with him. Nothing happened in that game. There was no setback. It just hasn’t responded the way we had hoped, and that’s the truth. We’re just trying to get him back. It’s in a tricky area. We just want to make sure that when he goes out there, he has full confidence to play his game. That’s what we’re trying to establish, is to get him healthy.”

This is certainly a concerning development for the Chargers. If Allen wasn’t able to heal up through the bye week, he may not ever get healthy this season. It also means they could be without both of their top receivers against Atlanta.

Mike Williams is also sidelined by an ankle injury and will miss a few weeks as he deals with the dreaded high-ankle sprain. Without him and possibly Allen in the lineup, the Chargers will be relying heavily on Joshua Palmer and Deandre Carter at wide receiver.

Expect tight end Gerald Everett to be involved as well and running back Austin Ekeler’s high usage in the passing game will continue as long as Allen and Williams are both ailing and unable to get in the lineup.

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