Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm
Chargers TE Antonio Gates (knee) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. Gates injured the knee late in the game against the Packers, so this may be an issue heading into Week 7. Ladarius Green is already a Sneaky Start given the matchup — Oakland is last in TE aFPA — but if Gates is out, Green will be a top 7 option. He was the #11 TE through the first four weeks and missed Week 3. The Chargers play late on Sunday. For what it’s worth, the Chargers don’t seem too concerned about Gates’s status.
But four carries in a game? That has to be more than just about preservation.
One thing it’s not, coach Mike McCarthy insisted a day after Lacy’s surprisingly small role in Sunday’s 27-20 win over the San Diego Chargers, is an indication that the ankle injury the Pro Bowl running back sustained in Week 2 caused his weight to balloon.
“I don't see conditioning as an issue,” McCarthy said Monday.
“Going back to just getting [Lacy] healthy, taking this week off and being able to get healthy, I think that’s the No. 1 thing," Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said. "He’s a little banged up right now, but I think once he comes back from the break he’ll probably feel a whole lot better and we’ll pick up where we left off.”
Apparently Lacy’s ankle still is an issue as the Packers head into their bye week even though he wasn’t listed on the injury report last week. Lacy owners should be familiar with this situation and probably shouldn't trade him away for nothing right now. The hope is he gets some rest over the next two weeks and can healthy again for Week 8.
Gordon had two fumbles in the first five weeks of the season and lost the ball twice in the first half against Green Bay. The Packers recovered the second one, at which point coach Mike McCoy made the decision to put Gordon on the bench for the duration of the contest.
“Today was solely on me,” Gordon said, via U-T San Diego. “It was my fault. I can’t blame anybody but myself.”
McCoy said after the game that Gordon has “to eliminate that” moving forward and the good news for Gordon is that there are many backs who have struggled with fumbles early in their careers before licking the problem. As a first-round pick, Gordon’s going to continue to get opportunities to show he can join that list as well. Gordon was showing signs of a possible breakout and was heavily involved in the passing game in Week 5 so many thought Week 6 was going to be it. Branden Oliver had more work as a result and Danny Woodhead continued to be involved as well.
He finished Sunday's 27-20 loss against the Green Bay Packers with 14 receptions for 157 yards but missed the entire fourth quarter with the hip injury. He had 11 catches for 128 yards in the first half alone.
Allen said Sunday his hip "kept pulling me," according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I couldn't really run like I wanted to."
Allen does not believe the injury to be serious, the source said in the story. We can't always trust what a player says regarding an injury and his status for Week 7 is in question at least the way things stand right now.
Packers wide receiver Ty Montgomery suffered an ankle injury during the first half against the Chargers and was out for the remainder of the game. The X-ray on Montgomery's ankle came back negative, a source told NFL Media's Rand Getlin.
The San Diego Chargers were on the brink of handing the Green Bay Packers their first regular season loss at Lambeau Field since December of 2013, but Keenan Allen, well on the way to a new franchise record for receptions, was lost to a hip injury and he took much of the team's momentum with him.
Allen was in the middle of an incredible performance at the time of his injury. The third-year wide receiver had already reached 14 catches and 157 yards midway through the third quarter, and his team had fought back from a 17-3 deficit to tie the game.
But on his 14th catch, he was slow to get up. He pointed at his hip when a trainer checked on him, and walked under his own power into the locker room for evaluation. Allen returned to the game shortly after, but eventually was ruled out for the remainder of the game with what the team characterized as a hip injury. The Chargers are home against Oakland in Week 7 in a late afternoon game.
Melvin Gordon has four rushes of 20 or more yards this year, tied for fourth-most among NFL running backs. Those gains of 20, 23 26 and 27 yards — specifically, the ability he’s shown on each of them — is why the Chargers drafted the former Wisconsin running back in the first round. Still, the rookie is working to become the impact player he envisions.
Those long runs went for a combined 96 yards, or 36.5 percent of his season total.
He has averaged 2.6 yards on his other 67 carries. Thirty-six of his 70 runs have resulted in a gain of 2 yards or fewer, including 10 for a loss.
Certainly, there are cuts Gordon would like back, but those numbers demand context to capture some extenuating circumstances that surround him. There have been instances when the 22-year-old has achieved a first down on a short down-and-instance, such as when he recorded 1-yard and 3-yard gain on two second-and-1 situations against the Vikings. Those plays won’t help the rushing average but can be constituted as successful.
Gordon has a penchant for making defenders miss.
He also is transitioning from a system at Wisconsin that saw him run power football 24.5 times per game in 2014 behind an offensive line full of road graders, the story said. In San Diego, there naturally is more balance; such is the NFL and game flow this season with the Chargers (2-3) often trailing. He primarily runs out of the shotgun and occasionally the pistol formation, which they view as an evolution to the traditional “quarterback behind center” alignment. But perhaps the biggest thing, the story pointed out, is the struggles of the offensive line and even the injuries as players bounce in and out and from position to position. Gordon is coming off one of his better games and consistently gets about 15 carries a game. However last week, he was also very good in the passing game which could be good news for his owners, but bad news for Danny Woodhead owners.
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Bryant was eligible to return for the Chargers game, but the team opted to wait until the Tuesday deadline. He wants to play this week, but knows all decisions are up to the coaching staff.
“All I can do is focus on how I do in practice and what I put on my tape in practice and let the coaches decide on that,” said Bryant. “I am fine right now. I just want to move forward and get back to work today with practice.”
QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (shoulder)
CB Cortez Allen (knee)
San Diego Chargers
G Orlando Franklin (ankle), WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring), CB Craig Mager (hamstring), LB Tourek Williams (foot)
T King Dunlap (concussion)
T Chris Hairston (ankle)
Remember, Martavis Bryant is dealing with a knee "tweak" and is unlikely to play on Monday night, per reports. He's not yet on the 53-man roster so the Steelers don't have to list him on the injury report. For the Chargers, Stevie Johnson is out and Malcom Floyd is questionable, though it appears he will play provided he can pass his final concussion tests. With Johnson out, Floyd is a Sneaky Start, though Dontrelle Inman will get some run as well.
Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm
Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (concussion) took full practice reps again Friday. Floyd appears to be making progress in his return from a concussion. With Stevie Johnson nursing a hamstring injury, the Chargers don’t have many healthy receiving options. Dontrelle Inman would be a Sneaky Start if Floyd and/or Johnson are out.