The Los Angeles Chargers have been snake-bit when it comes to the injury bug this season, but they’re getting healthier.
Star wide receiver Mike Williams recently came back from an ankle injury that forced him to miss four games, and on Thursday, the team welcomed Joey Bosa back after he suffered a groin injury in Week 3.
That same day, safety Derwin James also returned to the practice field, albeit in a limited capacity, after sustaining a concussion on Monday from a helmet-to-helmet collision, which prevented him from practicing on Wednesday.
But there is a bit of concern surrounding running back Austin Ekeler, as he too was a limited participant due to a knee injury.
S Derwin James (concussion), RB Austin Ekeler (knee) and FB Zander Horvath (ankle) all limited today.
— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) December 29, 2022
Not having Ekeler this Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams would be a blow to the Chargers, who have clinched a playoff spot and are hoping to move up to the fifth seed in the AFC.
He is one of the more versatile and productive backs in the NFL, and he has put up 759 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground plus 647 yards and five scores in the air this season.
The Bolts rank just 31st in rushing yards, and they can ill afford to lose Ekeler’s production in the backfield.
James, who just earned his third Pro Bowl nod in just his fifth pro season, is a key member of a passing defense that has shown improvement of late.
Los Angeles has won three games in a row because of that improved defense, and it has held opponents to less than 160 passing yards during its current streak.