Joshua Palmer returns to practice after Chargers open 21-day return window

Chargers could get a much-needed boost to their offense with the return of Joshua Palmer.

COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Chargers offense may get some reinforcement as they opened the 21-day window for receiver Joshua Palmer on Wednesday.

He was on the practice field stretching out and went through individual drills during the portion open to the media. .

Palmer has missed the last five games after suffering a knee injury against the Chicago Bears in Week eight. He ran a slant on 2nd-and-7 when Justin Herbert threw the ball to him, but after the tackle from Bears cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, he had trouble getting up.

“The way he tackled me and he landed the wrong way, just felt a lot of discomfort,” Palmer said.

He admitted it was tough not being out there to help his team, especially because the offensive production has dropped since the injury. There have been numerous dropped passes, and besides the 38 points against the Detroit Lions, the scoring has been down, too.

“I’ll be ready to play soon,” Palmer said. “I got 21 days to return. So within 21 days, I’ll be back on the field for sure.”

Could he be back this Sunday against the Denver Broncos?

“I’m not sure,” Palmer said. “I don’t know. It’s up in the air. Twenty-one days, so I know I give myself 21 days, so I try not to look too much in the future, just one day at a time.”

Palmer’s addition, whenever that may be, will be a welcomed sight. The offense could use more production, and it is always a positive to give Herbert more options.

Great Scott

Chargers punter JK Scott was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday.

Scott punted the ball eight times in New England and seven of those landed inside the 20-yard line. It was the most for any punter since 2019. Four of the punts inside of the 10-yard line.

“I just think that we had a lot of opportunities to do that and we just executed on them,” Scott said after the game. “I’m not saying this to be humble or whatever, but I don’t try to think about the results or the stats anymore. I used to do that a lot but I’m just trying to have fun and enjoy each opportunity to the best of my ability.”

He has placed 40.4 percent of his punts this season inside of the 20-yard line, which is fifth in the NFL.