The Los Angeles Chargers will be without another starting wide receiver. Joshua Palmer suffered a knee injury in Week 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He played in Week 8 against the Chicago Bears, but he reaggravated it in the first quarter. He eventually finished the game but walked with a noticeable limp.
Palmer has 23 receptions for 377 yards and one touchdown in seven games, starting in four.
The Los Angeles Chargers are already without their star receiver for the rest of the season.
Star wide receiver Mike Williams suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings. He injured his knee on a screen in the third quarter. Williams had 19 receptions for 249 yards and one touchdown through the first three games.
Los Angeles also had another receiver out for the majority of the season.
Jalen Guyton is another receiver who has been out for the majority of the 2023 season. Guyton suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 of the 2022 season.
Los Angeles placed him on the physically unable to perform list on August 29, 2023. The Chargers activated Guyton off the PUP list, and he got playing time yesterday, playing in 33 offensive snaps and getting targeted twice for zero receptions.
Who will replace Palmer?
Expect rookie receiver Quentin Johnston to get more playing time with Palmer being out. The Chargers drafted Johnston in the 1st round, 21st overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. Johnston hasn’t played that much this season, representing 45% of offensive snaps. Johnston has 14 receptions for 128 yards so far. All he needs to do is continue to get targeted or make a nice catch, and that will get his confidence up. Johnston has lots of potential.
Expect Jalen Guyton to alternate with Quentin Johnston. Guyton is one of the fastest players on the team. He will be one of the Chargers’ deep threats moving forward.
Don’t forget about their veteran receiver!
Keenan Allen is expected to get the majority of the targets for the rest of their season. Allen is their number one and is their most important receiver on the team. He is having another fantastic season with 62 receptions for 720 yards and six receiving touchdowns.
Hopefully, Allen can stay healthy this season. Los Angeles cannot afford for him to get injured.
What games will Palmer miss?
Since Palmer was placed on injured reserve before the game, he will miss three more weeks. Palmer will miss Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, Week 11 against the Green Bay Packers, and Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Palmer can return for Week 13 against the New England Patriots if being placed on the injured reserve before a game counts. If not, he can be activated in Week 14 against the Denver Broncos.
Hopefully, Joshua Palmer will have a speedy recovery.
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