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Durable Philip Rivers a constant amid Chargers’…

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — Anthony Lynn isn’t ready to hit the panic button over the Los Angeles Chargers‘ rash of injuries — yet.

Lynn suffered through an 0-4 start in his first season as the team’s head coach in 2017, so some injuries and a disheartening road loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday aren’t going to alter how he conducts his daily business.

“There are more than I like, but we have guys that are stepping up,” Lynn said Monday about the injuries. “We have complete confidence in these guys. I feel like we hadn’t missed a beat.

“Even the game yesterday, we had six starters that didn’t go, but I feel like if we hadn’t made those mistakes that we could have controlled our own destiny. It’s just part of the game. You look around the league, guys are going down. It’s football.”

Still, the accumulation of injuries over the past two months has to be concerning for Lynn. The latest is safety Adrian Phillips, who suffered a broken right forearm at Detroit and will be placed on injured reserve, where he’ll have to miss at least eight weeks before returning to the field.

The Chargers also have tight end Hunter Henry (knee), safety Derwin James (foot) and left tackle Russell Okung (pulmonary embolism) unavailable for a significant amount of time.

Place-kicker Mike Badgley (groin), cornerback Michael Davis (hamstring) and wide receiver Geremy Davis (hamstring) have missed games due to injury. Workhorse running back Melvin Gordon also remains unavailable due to his contract impasse with the team.

According to ESPN Stats and Information research, the Chargers have the fourth-highest cash value for players on injured reserve currently this year at nearly $18 million.

Safety Rayshawn Jenkins said the Bolts have a “next man up” approach to injuries and that the defensive coaching staff does a good job of preparing players to replace starters on game days, building in flexibility by teaching players multiple positions.

“I would say yes and no,” Jenkins said, when asked if mounting injuries could affect his team’s ability to perform on game days. “Yes, because the guys that are going down — I’m not saying we don’t have dogs at backups — but [the injured starters] are some of the dogs on our team.

“But then I say no, because we have a ‘next man up’ mentality. It’s just like when DJ [James] went down, it’s the same thing with AP [Phillips] now.”

However, Chargers defensive co-captain Brandon Mebane says he isn’t fond of the term “next man up” and believes his teammates should keep everyone in mind moving forward.

http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/300593/durable-philip-rivers-a-constant-amid-chargers-injury-woes

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