However, San Diego could be missing a key member of their defense with starting strong safety Jahleel Addae dealing with a foot injury. Addae was unable to practice Friday while dealing with an ankle injury that's kept him from practicing all week. He's listed as doubtful on the final injury report, which essentially means he won't play Sunday, leaving San Diego without a starting defensive back vs the Bengals.
Addae is now in his third season with the Chargers after emerging as a key member of their secondary in the 2013 season. His emergence down the stretch of that season helped the Chargers surge into the playoffs before beating the Bengals and narrowly losing to the Broncos in the Divisional Round during his rookie season. Addae finished 2013 with a 3.3 Pro Football Focus Grade, but had a 6.2 grade over the last four games, including the playoffs.
In 2014, Addae was limited to 11 games as a hamstring injury and concussion hindered him and led to him having a -3.0 PFF grade for the season. He's known as a big-hitter who works more like an extra linebacker than a true safety. What makes it a bigger loss is the Chargers are facing a Bengals team looking to favor the run more than the pass.
With Addae likely out, Jimmy Wilson is likely to be the starting safety next to Eric Weddle, ESPN's Eric Williams reports. Wilson played in 18 snaps vs the Lions and finished with a -0.3 PFF grade. He's spent most of his five-year NFL career at cornerback, but has played both safety spots for the Chargers during the last two seasons.