San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers out, Jason Verrett questionable vs. Broncos


San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers secondary have a tough task tonight going up against Peyton Manning and that task will be even tougher, as they will be without cornerback Brandon Flowers.

Brandon Flowers suffered a concussion during Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and wasn’t able to practice at all this week. Even if the Chargers were playing on Sunday it would’ve been highly unlikely that Brandon Flowers would’ve been able to play. Brandon Flowers has made a huge impact on the Chargers defense this season. Flowers leads the team with two interceptions and has brought veteran leadership and toughness to a secondary that has been the weak spot in the Chargers defense the past few seasons.

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  • Flowers will hopefully be replaced by rookie Jason Verrett who is questionable heading into tonight’s game with a shoulder injury. Verrett wasn’t able to play in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs due to a shoulder injury he suffered at the end of the Chargers 31-28 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 6. Verrett did participate in practice on a limited basis this week and hopefully will be able to go tonight. There going to need him.

    The Chargers could be incredibly short on cornerback depth tonight against the Broncos, as cornerback Steve Williams is also questionable tonight with a groin injury and if both Verrett and Williams cannot play the Chargers will be down to only three cornerbacks.

    If Verrett cannot play, Richard Marshall who struggled mightily in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs would start at cornerback alongside Shareece Wright. Wright isn’t 100% either as he just returned to the Chargers starting lineup last week, after being out the past two weeks with a sprained MCL he suffered following an accidental collision with safety Jahleel Addae in the second quarter of Week 4’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    Also expect undrafted rookie cornerback Chris Davis and back-up safety Marcus Gilchrist to take on Verrett’s nickelback role tonight against the Broncos.