Just as their defensive front is getting healthier, the Chargers may have trouble on their offensive line on Sunday.
Starting left-back Matt Feiler was restricted from training on Friday and raised doubts about the Chargers’ visit to Denver with an ankle injury. He was injured last weekend against Pittsburgh.
If Feiler can’t play, coach Brandon Staley said Senio Kelemete or rookie Brenden Himes would start. Feiler’s solution may appear shortly before the game.
Kelemete is in his ninth year and has 43 starts in his career. This season he was used mainly as an additional blocker when the Chargers moved into their package with a large staff.
James was selected in the fifth round from Nebraska. He participated in three games, all on special teams.
The chargers activated Jerry Tillery and Christian Covington’s defensive tackles from the COVID-19 standby list this week. Staley said both will start on Sunday.
Covington will replace Linval Joseph, who is also on the COVID list due to a shoulder injury.
According to Staley, the Chargers rotation will involve defensive line players Braden Fehoko and Joe Gaziano, who are not prepared for the second year.
Defender Trey Marshall (ankle / hip) is in question, while starting defender Asante Samuel Jr (concussion) and backup defender Alohi Gilman (quads) will not play against the Broncos.
The Chargers placed rookie defender Mark Webb Jr. on the reserve injured list Friday after Staley said he had surgery on his injured knee. Webb will have to miss at least three games, and Staley says the team expects Webb to return this season.