In a challenging start to their 2023 campaign, the Los Angeles Chargers suffered a loss at the hands of the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. As they gear up for their upcoming matchup with the Tennessee Titans, the Chargers find themselves facing significant hurdles due to injuries.
During Wednesday’s practice in LA, the injury report delivered concerning news. Three starters may be absent from the pivotal clash with the Titans, each dealing with various ailments. Coach Brandon Staley mentioned that Joey Bosa experienced hamstring soreness after the Week 1 contest, where he failed to register a pressure or sack, along with the rest of the Chargers’ defensive unit.
This hamstring issue raises questions about Bosa’s ability to perform at his standard level. The Chargers heavily rely on his pass-rushing prowess, and if he’s unable to suit up in Week 2, it could leave a noticeable gap in their defensive lineup.
Another key concern is the condition of Eric Kendricks. In the Dolphins matchup, the middle of the field was exploited by Miami’s offense, with various targets consistently finding open spaces. If Kendricks is sidelined for the game against the Titans, the Chargers’ ability to contain DeAndre Hopkins and the Titans’ receiving corps, especially with their already vulnerable secondary, could be severely compromised.
However, the most significant concern centers around Austin Ekeler. His absence from practice due to an ankle injury sustained during the previous game against the Dolphins is troubling. Ekeler had to step out of the game after coming up limping, allowing Joshua Kelley to take over for a significant portion of the match.
While Kelley performed admirably in Ekeler’s absence, the loss of the NFL’s touchdown leader from the past two seasons will undoubtedly impact the Chargers’ dynamic offense. His versatility and scoring ability are crucial elements of their game plan.
As the Chargers navigate these health concerns on multiple fronts, they face the daunting task of avoiding an 0-2 start to their 2023 season. The availability of these key starters will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in their chances against the Tennessee Titans.