This upcoming Sunday inside U.S. Bank Stadium was supposed to be the first opportunity for Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Eric Kendricks to take on the Minnesota Vikings, the place where he called home for the first eight years of his NFL career.
However, Kendricks facing his former team currently seems in doubt. Last week, the former Vikings linebacker missed the Chargers matchup with the Tennessee Titans due to a hamstring injury, and it seems like his injury hasn't recovered enough for him to take the field in Minnesota on Sunday.
Kendricks hasn't practiced for Los Angeles this week, so unless his ailing hamstring miraculously heals overnight, the veteran linebacker probably won't be chasing down any of his former Vikings teammates this weekend.
Kendricks isn't the only notable Chargers player who could be forced to sit out Sunday's matchup in Minnesota due to injury.
Los Angeles running back Austin Ekeler hasn't practiced yet this week because of an ankle injury, and pass rusher Joey Bosa didn't participate in the Chargers' practice on Thursday due to a hamstring injury of his own.
Like the Vikings, Los Angeles is still searching for their first win of the 2023 season. With the way their injury report is looking, it's going to be tough for them to earn that first victory inside U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Of course, the Chargers still have Justin Herbert starting under center for them this weekend, so they always have a chance to win with him in the lineup. But even with him on the field, Los Angeles potentially being without Kendricks, Ekeler, and Bosa has to have Minnesota feeling good about their chances to improve their record to 1-2 on Sunday.