Good news may be on the way for a Chargers team that has been dealt the injury card, it seems like week after week.
Wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are one step closer to returning to the starting lineup and giving the offense a much-needed boost.
“It definitely helps our offense to have those guys out there,” quarterback Justin Herbert said. “So, hopefully, they’ll be able to play. We’ll see what happens.”
Both are questionable going into Sunday’s game against division leader Kansas City. Both players have hinted all week that they will be a go.
Allen has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury since week one against the Raiders. He has suffered two setbacks since then, but he said last time that when he did return, it was to go 100% and not be on a snap count.
“He also brings the dog to this team that it needs,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said.
Allen and Williams are the yin and the yang to this offense. Allen is one of the best route runners, plus he always seems to be open on third down to move the chains.
Williams has been dealing with an ankle injury he sustained against the Seattle Seahawks. He uses his big frame to free himself up while also being a down-the-field weapon this offense has missed.
Both have complimented the work Josh Palmer, DeAndre Carter, Jason Moore, and Michael Bandy have done in their absence. The potential return of both of these guys means those other players may come open and open up the playbook.
“They’re two of the best in the game,” Herbert said.
The Chargers sit at 5-4 while being two games behind Kansas City at 7-2, but this is an opportunity to put themselves one game behind the Chiefs. No other team has won the division besides Kansas City in six straight seasons, while the Chargers haven’t won it since 2009.
Their best shot to upset Kansas City will be with Allen and Williams on the field.
“They’ve got a lot of experience made a lot of winning plays for us,” Staley said. “So, it’s good to get them back out there and practice and get them into a rhythm.”