Since his game against the Seattle Seahawks on October 23, Keenan Allen has been idle. Because of this, the Chargers have occasionally used DeAndre Carter as their primary receiver while also relying on Austin Ekeler and Gerald Everett. This week’s big Sunday Night Football game between the Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs is approaching.
Allen’s ability to play is encouraging for everyone in the area. The two wideouts in the back provide QB Justin Herbert with a ton of assistance. Most books’ point totals ought to increase as a result. With Allen and Williams returning, Carter might still be engaged, but he wouldn’t be the main quarterback and would probably miss out on snaps and targets.
Allen’s inability to practice on Wednesday does not bode well for his hopes of playing against the 49ers on Sunday. Allen has not been ruled out of the game by Brandon Staley, but it would be very unexpected if he ended up playing after missing practice on Wednesday.
Allen promised not to return until he was 100 percent fit to go after returning and making the injury worse. He claimed he was capable of playing in Week 7, but he wasn’t fully well. Allen’s prospects of being 100 percent by Sunday are minimal if he is not working out on Wednesday.
Allen (hamstring) missed the Falcons game last week because his soft-tissue ailment deteriorated during Los Angeles’ bye week.
Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network report that the veteran receiver is “near to turning the corner” and that the Chargers won’t put him on injured reserve.
Although it’s encouraging to see that Los Angeles won’t put Allen on the injured reserve, there is still no estimated time for his comeback.
Last week’s game against Atlanta required the Chargers to rely heavily on the trio of Josh Palmer, Michael Bandy, and DeAndre Carter, and they could have to do it again this week against the 49ers.
This season, the 49ers’ defense has struggled to stop wide receivers, giving up the position’s 12th-most fantasy points per game.