The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Individual drills in practice put veteran receivers’ injuries to the test, but their availability against Kansas City is uncertain. Let us look into the problem.
Keenan Allen and Mike Williams QUESTIONABLE for Chiefs – Chargers
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For the first time in a long time, the Chargers’ top wide receivers, Allen and Williams, put their hamstring and ankle injuries to the test during individual drills in practice.
After collapsing, they were both eager to play, leaving the Chargers without two of their best offensive threats.
Allen was injured in the first half of the Chargers’ season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sept. 11.
He didn’t return until the first half of the team’s Oct. 23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Following that, he suffered a series of setbacks that forced him to miss the Chargers’ next two games.
Allen’s injury was the first in what seemed like an endless series of them, leaving the Chargers scrambling at times to fill key positions.
Guyton, edge rusher Joey Bosa (groin tear), and left tackle Rashawn Slater (ruptured biceps) were all injured in the team’s September 25 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Williams suffered a high ankle sprain in the Chargers’ loss to the Seahawks.
When combined with the injuries to Allen and Jalen Guyton (season-ending ACL), his absence left the Chargers shorthanded at wide receiver, with Michael Bandy, DeAndre Carter, and Joshua Palmer moving up the depth chart.
When they took the field for practice on Wednesday, there was a glimmer of hope.
The additions of Allen, 30, and Williams, 28, would undoubtedly provide quarterback Justin Herbert with two veteran targets capable of making clutch plays in critical situations, something the Chargers lacked against the 49ers in the second half on Sunday.
Injury Report for Chiefs – Chargers
Kansas City Chiefs
- WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Questionable
Valdes-Scantling (illness) returned to a limited practice Thursday.
- RB Jerick McKinnon: Questionable
McKinnon (hamstring/shoulder) remained limited at practice Thursday.
- WR JuJu Smith-Schuster: Questionable
Smith-Schuster (concussion) won’t practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
- WR Mecole Hardman: Injured Reserve
Hardman (abdomen) has been placed on IR by the Chiefs.
Los Angeles Chargers
- WR Mike Williams: Questionable
Williams (ankle) remained limited at practice Thursday.
- WR Keenan Allen: Questionable
Allen (hamstring) remained limited at practice Thursday.
- PK Dustin Hopkins: Questionable
Hopkins (hamstring) was listed as a non-participant on the Chargers’ injury report Thursday.