COSTA MESA, Calif. — One of the healthiest teams this season, the Los Angeles Chargers could have as many as four impact players miss Sunday’s game on the road against the New York Jets.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said that middle linebacker Denzel Perryman and defensive tackle Corey Liuget have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jets and will not play. Perryman suffered a hamstring strain against the Kansas City Chiefs and did not return, while Liuget has a knee sprain.
Two other players whose playing status is up in the air for this weekend are tight end Hunter Henry and running back Austin Ekeler. Henry suffered a lacerated kidney after a blindside hit by Kansas City defensive tackle Bennie Logan on the same play Ekeler broke his hand after fumbling the football.
Lynn said receiver Keenan Allen suffered a back injury but should be fine. Safety Adrian Phillips has soreness from an ankle injury but could still be available this week.
With the Chargers 7-7 and still holding on to faint playoff hopes, Lynn said he isn’t concerned about the injury bug cropping up this week.
“Injuries in the NFL happen,” Lynn said. “It’s a next-man-up is the mentality. Guys have been getting ready for this all year long. And sometimes when the next man steps up at this point in the season, it’s not necessarily an upgrade, but they’re fresh. When the starters have been playing 14-15 weeks and a guy comes in fresh, he can take advantage of some things.”
The Chargers also made a change at kicker for the third time this season, releasing Travis Coons and claiming Nick Rose off waivers. Rose was released by the Washington Redskins last week.
Coons missed an extra point against the Chiefs last week and clanked his first field goal attempt as a Charger, a 38-yarder, off the right upright. In three games, Coons finished 7-of-8 on field goals and 5-of-6 on extra points, but he recorded just four of 11 touchbacks on kickoffs.
“We’re looking for a kicker we can keep around here for a few years,” Lynn said. “Right now, we’re just kind of looking and evaluating guys. It doesn’t mean Travis can’t come back if Nick doesn’t work out. But we liked the job Nick did in Washington.”