Week 13 Injury Report: Chargers vs. Browns
The 2017 NFL season has been full of ups and downs for all of the league’s 32 organizations, which, of course, includes both the Los Angeles Chargers (5-6) and Cleveland Browns (0-11). The two teams face-off on Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA, in what is a rematch of a 2016 contest which saw the Browns win a miserable game over the Bolts. Here is the Week 13 Injury Report for the Chargers versus Browns, as reported by the team to Chargers.com.
Los Angeles Chargers:
- WR Mike Williams KNEE
- CB Casey Hayward CALF/PERSONAL
- DL Corey Liuget TOE
- K Nick Novak BACK
After exiting the Chargers’ Thanksgiving Day romp of the Dallas Cowboys with a knee injury — an injury in which the team had initial concerns that it might be an ACL tear — the team’s 2017 first-round draft selection wide receiver Mike Williams underwent an MRI following the blowout which came back with some very positive news considering the aforementioned alternative. Though Williams has been said to be “week-to-week” by head coach Anthony Lynn, the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft seems to have avoided a disastrous injury.
The 23-year-old former Clemson product struggled with back issues and other maladies throughout the offseason and missed valuable time needed for a first-year receiver. In limited playing time this year, Williams has tallied nine receptions for 84 yards.
Though defensive lineman Corey Liuget is listed as QUESTIONABLE on the injury report, one must keep in mind that the PROBABLE designation is no longer an option this season, as it was voted out at the Owner’s Meetings this offseason. Liuget (toe) will most likely play against the Browns in what is a must-win game for the Bolts if they hope to keep their playoff hopes alive.
To say that the Chargers’ kicking situation in 2017 has been a dumpster fire of a hot mess is an embarrassingly kind statement — a dumpster fire of a hot mess looks in the mirror and thanks God it isn’t the Chargers’ kicking situation.
From the release of kicker Josh Lambo in favor of undrafted free-agent rookie Younghoe Koo, to Koo struggling mightily after winning the job, to the trick-kicking specialist losing the job he took from Lambo to former Chargers kicker Nick Novak….[pauses to take a deep breath]
…to Novak getting hurt and punter Drew Kaser coming into an NFL game to attempt kicks, making only one and now we’re in the present.
The Bolts recently added kicker Travis Coons to their practice squad and don’t be surprised if they place him on the active gameday roster should they not have 100% confidence in the health of Novak’s back.
Last but certainly not least, cornerback Casey Hayward recently lost his brother, Jecaives, to an automobile accident this past week. Hayward has temporarily left the team to be with his family in these trying times.
After leading the NFL in interceptions in 2016, Hayward has picked up right where he left off, snagging three interceptions combined in the team’s last two games, giving him four on the year through 11 games.
Despite the unbelievable tragedy that Hayward and his family face, the veteran cornerback has stated that he intends to play on Sunday against the Browns, but the situation is worth monitoring as the game approaches.
- WR Sammie Coates KNEE/ANKLE
The Browns enter Sunday’s tilt against the Bolts having won only one game since the start of the 2016 season. As mentioned above, that game was against the Chargers last year.
Though Cleveland only lists wide receiver Sammie Coates on their official injury report (OUT), the team did have three of its members limited during practices throughout the week, including wide receiver Kenny Britt (KNEE), running back Isaiah Crowell (SHOULDER) and defensive back Darron Smith (KNEE), who were all limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday but full participants during Friday’s practice.
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