Major injuries: Chargers’ TE Donald Parham (hamstring) is set to make his season debut after missing the first four weeks. … WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) will miss four games in a row. … K Dustin Hopkins (quads), receiver Joshua Palmer (ankle) and linebacker Kyle Van Noy (back) were qualified this week. … Chargers DE Joey Bosa (groin laceration) could be sidelined for up to 10 weeks with the same injury his brother Nick suffered in Ohio. … His DE Miles of the Browns His Garrett is set to return after missing last week with injuries sustained in a car accident. … DE Jadeveon Clowney (Ankle) was sidelined earlier this week after missing the last two games. … Browns rookie RB/KR Jerome Ford (ankle) has been placed on the injured reserve. He was handling kickoff returns after Jakeem Grant Sr. suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury. … TE Harrison Bryant (ill) missed practice time this week.
Series Notes: The Chargers are on a three-game winning streak, four in their last five games, eight in their last 10 games… Cleveland’s only win of 2016 was against the Chargers on Christmas Eve. … The Chargers are 13-0 if they score at least 25 points against the Browns.
Statistics and staff: Chargers head coach Brandon Staley grew up in Perry, Ohio, less than an hour from Cleveland. He also served as defensive coordinator at nearby Division III John Carroll College for three years (2013, ’15-16). … Herbert leads the NFL with his 1,250 passing yards. … Herbert has recorded more of his 40-plus-yard completions (29) than any QB since 2020. … His line of Los Angeles offensives allowed his four sacks, a league-lowest in his first four games. … RB Austin Ekeler leads the league with 235 yards after a catch and 27 receptions that put him third in the AFC. Last week was his fourth time since 2019 that he achieved at least his three TDs in one game. … The Chargers’ defense has a league-leading 14 strip sacks since the start of last season. … WR Mike Williams has his fourth consecutive 100-yard reception record away from home, putting him one closer to his AFC record held by Cincinnati’s Chad Johnson. … TE Gerald Everett has at least 50 receiving yards in three of his four games this season. … Chargers LB Khalil Mack has 5 sacks, which ranks him second in the AFC. …. CB Bryce Callahan has already scored his career high with two interceptions. … S Darwin James needs 13 tackles to reach 300 in his career. … The Browns have been plagued by fourth-quarter defensive breakdowns in his three games, two of which he lost. …the Cleveland defense is giving up his league-lowest 7.83 yards in the fourth quarter of the season. … Garrett needs just one of his sacks to overtake Clay Matthews, 62, for the team’s career record. Matthews had 13 sacks before becoming an official statistic in 1982…. The Browns rushed for at least 150 yards in all four games. I have only been there 5 times (1947, 2001). … QB Jacoby Brissett played consistently while making 65% of his passes during Deshawn Watson’s 11-game suspension. … WR Amari Cooper only had one catch for 9 yards by the Falcons last week. … The Browns last week saw the Reds struggle in the zone, and in the first half Atlanta’s 11-yard line he had three trips and only he gained seven yards in 11 plays. …Watson is eligible to return to the Browns’ facility on Monday, but he won’t be able to start practicing until next month.
Fantasy tip: Ekeler had three touchdowns and 119 scrimmage yards against the Browns last year. He also has at least 90 yards of scrimmage in his games on five straights.