The most notable of the injuries is kicker Nate Kaeding, missing the last three games due to a groin injury suffered last month, as the Bolts prepared to play at Kansas City.
Lastly, can the home crowd prove beneficial for the Chargers? Keep in mind that AFC West rivals Denver, Oakland and Kansas City are usually well represented when playing in San Diego. If the game is tight down the stretch, some home cooking for the Chargers from their fans could spell the difference.
With the different story lines that will be in play Sunday night in the Superdome, the Chargers will at least go into the contest relatively healthy.
San Diego (2-1), which got taken behind the woodshed a weekend ago in a 27-3 loss at home to Atlanta, looks to rebound against a Chiefs squad that may have saved its season in last weekend’s overtime victory in New Orleans.
For the Chargers, stopping Atlanta’s high-powered passing attack will be the top priority, especially with the Falcon ground game only churning out 75.5 yards per game the first two weeks of play.
While starting running back Ryan Mathews has been sidelined since breaking his clavicle in the preseason opener versus Green Bay just over a month ago, word comes that Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates is not 100 percent for the match up with the Titans.
Excerpt: Mathews rushed for 1,091 yards last season in his second NFL campaign, injured his clavicle on his first carry of the first preseason game this summer. In that win over Green Bay. When the Bolts line up to meet the Raiders in Oakland, he still will not be in uniform, recovering from surgery. San Diego will also be without wide receiver Vincent Brown.
The preseason seemed to be marred by injuries, more so than usual. Here’s the injury situation going into the NFL season.
Star tight end Antonio Gates has practiced with the San Diego Chargers for the first time in several weeks in hopes of playing against the New York Jets.
Chargers Tight End Antonio Gates’ status for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins is once again in doubt with a lingering foot issue.
Tight end Kevin Boss sure has picked the perfect game to make his regular season debut with the Oakland Raiders after sitting out the past two weeks with a knee sprain.
The injury plagued bullpen that has haunted the Dodgers all season long may be getting a boost in the coming days with the expected return of flame-thrower Kenley Jansen.
San Diego Chargers star tight end Antonio Gates was in pain as he tried to practice in a limited role Thursday.