The Chargers face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday for the first time since 2017, when they met at Thanksgiving. It was a one-sided game, with the Chargers coming out victorious after wide receiver Keenan Allen torched the secondary for 172 yards and a touchdown.
This year, the Cowboys arrive at SoFi Stadium and will be joined by many fans during the game.
The injury report was released on Wednesday and both teams have notable players absent from training.
For the Chargers, the most notable name on the list is safety Derwin James missing with a toe injury. Now James has just played his first full game since 2019. It might just be a sore toe, and the Chargers are cautious. They did the same with running back Austin Ekeler last week. He missed two days of practice, was limited on Friday and finally played on Sunday. Should know more Thursday when they train.
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga did not practice Wednesday after missing the second half of Sunday’s game against Washington. The injury report says he has a back / groin injury. He has suffered from a back injury for some time now.
Justin Jones came out cramping on Sunday and didn’t play in the second half either. It will be interesting to see if he trains on Thursday.
Nasir Adderley injured his groin on Sunday but ended up coming back and finishing the game. He hasn’t had the strongest of games, but the rest of the week for him will be something to watch out for.
Chris Harris Jr. has a shoulder injury, and that will be something to watch out for as the defense needs him there.
Kyler Fackrell was on the side for training due to a knee injury.
Thursday will determine a lot for the Chargers as to whether or not the players play.
For the Cowboys, it’s about who hasn’t practiced and who will miss the game.
One of the biggest names on this team is defensive end Demarcus Lawrence. He has been their best passer in recent seasons. Its production has dropped both. NFL Network reported on Wednesday that Lawrence had broken his foot and would be out for a while. It’s a brutal injury, mainly because he was the guy who put pressure on Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Cowboys will also miss right tackle La’El Collins with a five-game suspension for abusing the league’s drug addiction policy. That means Terence Steele will start there, according to owner Jerry Jones. That means edge rusher Joey Bosa could be in for a big game. The Cowboys offensive identity is about beating football and protecting the quarterback. They had injuries on the offensive line and started pitching football.
Dak Prescott could be in for a long day as he is also missing his third receiver in Michael Gallup. He injured his calf against Tampa Bay. Gallup has been a very good target opening up at critical points in the game. Since joining the league in 2018 and his numbers have gone up. Not only will Dak be missed, but CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper too, because together the three are equally dangerous.
All three players are major contributors to the Cowboys. They will each be out, so the Cowboys must now scramble to get the best players available. Additionally, it’s still unclear whether passing runner Randy Gregory will face the Chargers after being placed on the COVID roster. He will need two negative tests before Sunday in a 24 hour period to play.