- The final Chargers vs Chiefs injury report for the Week 2 TNF game is available
- Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) is confirmed out for the game
- Kansas City kicker Harrison Butker (ankle) is out for the Chiefs
As the Los Angeles Chargers ready to face the Kansas City Chiefs for a key AFC West matchup in Week 2 on the TNF schedule, the Chargers will be playing without their leading receiver. Meanwhile, the Chiefs are definitely going into the game minus their leading scorer.
The Chargers are confirming that LA wideout Keenan Allen is out for the game. He suffered a hamstring injury in their Week 1 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.
As Kansas City was routing the Arizona Cardinals 44-21, Chiefs placekicker Harrison Butker ended up suffering an ankle injury when he slipped on a kickoff. He’s also out for this game.
Let’s take a look at the full Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City injury report below and how it could impact the Chargers v Chiefs odds that see Kansas City favored by 4 points.
Los Angeles Chargers Injury Report
Allen caught four passes for 66 yards in LA’s 24-19 victory over the Raiders prior to departing for the day due to his hamstring injury.
Chargers head coach Brandon Stanley thinks it might’ve been more likely that Allen would be playing if it weren’t for the short week of preparation for the TNF game. Allen hasn’t practiced this week. He’s caught at least 100 passes in four of the past five seasons. The one year he didn’t reach the century mark, Allen finished with 97 catches.
#LACvsKC game status
OUT – Keenan Allen, Donald Parham Jr
QUESTIONABLE – JC Jackson
— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) September 14, 2022
Chargers starting left cornerback JC Jackson (ankle surgery), missed last week’s game and is listed as doubtful to play on Thursday. Jackson underwent ankle surgery on August 23. At the time, the timetable for his return to the lineup was 2-4 weeks. Jackson was inactive against the Raiders. Staley is suggesting that it’s 50-50 that Jackson will be playing on Thursday.
Backup tight end Donald Parham Jr is also doubtful with a hamstring injury.
Kansas City Chiefs Injury Report
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is laying the blame for ankle injuries suffered by Butker and starting right guard Trey Smith, as well as a hamstring ailment incurred by backup cornerback Trent McDuffie on newly-laid sod at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium.
After his injury, Butker was still able to kick a 54-yard field goal and convert three touchdowns. Safety Justin Reid assumed kickoff duties and eventually took over the placekicking chores. Reid made 1-of-2 PATs he attempted.
Butker led the Chiefs with 122 points last season. At 90.1%, he’s the third-most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history. His absence could impact the Chargers vs Chiefs public betting splits on this game.
Tony Romo tried to make a Charlie Brown joke when Harrison Butker got legitimately hurt pic.twitter.com/7U2psA0M2G
— IKON alex (@highlghtheaven) September 12, 2022
Smith is questionable with his ankle injury. However, he was able to fully participate in practice on Tuesday. That’s generally an indication that he’ll be playing.
McDuffie was placed on IR with his hamstring injury.
How Could Injuries Affect Chargers vs Chiefs Betting Lines?
Minus five-time Pro Bowl WR Allen, bettors might want to take a look at backup Chargers wideouts DeAndre Carter, Jalen Guyton, or Joshua Palmer in the Chargers vs Chiefs player props.
Normally, the absence of a second-string tight end wouldn’t be of major concern to bettors. However, Parham did enjoy a career day against the Chiefs in 2020. He caught three passes for 37 yards and a TD.
Matt Ammendola will be filling in for Harrison Butker. 👀 pic.twitter.com/MTDWIxUrF8
— theScore (@theScore) September 14, 2022
Last week against Arizona, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes took advantage of a short-staffed Cardinals secondary to throw for five TDs. That could make Jackson’s absence of vital importance when handicapping the Chargers vs Chiefs odds.
Without Butker, the Chiefs are signing former New York Jets kicker Matt Ammendola to handle their placekicking duties. Ammendola appeared in 11 games for the Jets last season. He hit 13 of 19 field goals (68.4%) with a long of 49 yards. Ammendola was also 14-of-15 on PATs, finishing the season with 53 points.
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