Chargers without top receivers Keenan Allen, Mike Williams vs. Falcons

COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers left a week off expecting to be healthier than when they entered.

No chance.

The Bolts (4-3) will be without their top two receivers in a Week 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons (4-4) on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Keenan Allen was ruled out with a left hamstring injury, and Mike Williams was also ruled out with a sprained ankle.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter, also a return specialist, is listed as questionable after falling ill on Friday. And the Bolts’ injury problems after an open date don’t end there.

With starting kicker Dustin Hopkins sidelined since Week 7 with a right hamstring injury, the Bolts turned to practice squad kicker Taylor Bertolet. However, Bertolet suffered a quadriceps injury in practice Wednesday and the Chargers have since signed Cameron Dicker to the practice squad.

Dicker, a rookie who converted 2 of 2 field goal attempts for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5, is expected to kick Sunday.

And tight end Donald Parham Jr., who was just sidelined with a concussion in Week 7, is again struggling with a hamstring injury that has held him down. away from the first four games of the season.

Parham was ruled out.

“Our guys know it’s part of the game,” coach Brandon Staley said of the numerous injuries. “You have to stick together in situations like this.”

After spending five games on the sidelines, Allen appeared to be on the mend from the lingering problem when he played in the first half of a 37-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7 and caught two assists for 11 yards.

But Allen said he aggravated the injury while training during the bye week. “I don’t think it was coercion or anything,” Allen explained earlier this week. “It’s just a little more scar tissue trying to peel itself off, and whenever it’s ready to heal, just let it do its own thing.”

With the absences of Allen and Williams, and with the uncertainty around Carter, the Chargers should turn to Joshua Palmer, who did not play in Week 7 due to a concussion, Michael Bandy and Jason Moore Jr.

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