Chargers lose Mike Williams and Joey Bosa to injury in meaningless Week 18 game against Broncos

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SATISFACTION

The Chargers had already clinched a playoff berth — and, more specifically, the AFC’s No. 5 seed — before taking the field in Week 18. But that didn’t stop Coach Brandon Staley to play regular starters against the Broncos on Sunday. And that hasn’t stopped a few big names from getting hurt either. Between a hard hit on Pro Bowl quarterback Justin Herbert, who stayed under center until the fourth quarter, star receiver Mike Williams and passing thrower Joey Bosa both left the game with separate ailments.

Williams’ departure was particularly notable, as the team’s main vertical threat was carried into the locker room and deemed doubtful of returning with a back injury. The receiver made four catches before limping off and then receiving treatment in the team’s medical tent. Williams, who battled a lingering ankle problem earlier this season, left the pitch on her own at first, but appeared much less mobile as she left the trolley and entered the locker room. It’s possible his availability for the Chargers’ first playoff game in Jacksonville is now in jeopardy.

Bosa, meanwhile, was just activated off injured reserve ahead of Week 17 and may have aggravated his groin, which required surgery and kept him out for much of it. of the 2022 season. The Pro Bowler was also battling illness before game day.

Herbert did not officially suffer an injury during the contest, but took a heavy hit in the midsection during the first half when the Chargers and Broncos played to a 17-17 stalemate. Linebacker Kenneth Murray also appeared to suffer a brief injury, according to ProFootballTalk, but did not leave the game or receive an official team designation.

Despite the injuries, the Chargers kept their starters on the field to start the second half, then falling behind the Broncos, who were long eliminated from the playoffs.

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