The fleet-footed Benjamin missed two practices this week with a knee issue, making his availability uncertain for Sunday. He wore a sleeve on his right leg during Wednesday’s practice while watching from the sideline.
Benjamin leads the Chargers in receptions (31) and receiving yards (411), and has two touchdown receptions on the year. Benjamin has played in all six games this season for the Chargers.
If Benjamin is unavailable, the Chargers have just three healthy receivers on the roster in Tyrell Williams, Dontrelle Inman and Griff Whalen. San Diego could consider promoting undrafted rookie Dom Williams from the practice squad to the active roster for added depth.
San Diego also ran two-tight end sets 56 percent of the time last week (37 of 66 plays) against the Denver Broncos, and could do something similar against the Falcons this weekend.
“I’m hopeful that he can play,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said about Benjamin. “You’ve got to look at the fact that it’s a long season. And with the extra day that we’ve had, we’re just making sure that everyone we have is as fresh as possible come Sunday.”
Along with Benjamin, outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (ankle), cornerback Brandon Flowers (concussion) and strong safety Jahleel Addae (clavicle) did not practice on Wednesday, meaning the Chargers could face the top-ranked scoring offense in Atlanta without three-fourths of the team’s projected starting secondary to start the year.
Kaser averaged 47.4 yards a punt on his five attempts, including a career-long 60-yard punt. Four of Kaser’s five punts landed inside the 20-yard line.
Kaser’s efforts earned him the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.
“I give him a lot of credit for responding,” McCoy said. “He might not have had his best performance the week before, but like all players you respond. You come back. He’s a young player, and there’s going to be some ups and downs. But he did a phenomenal job for us, and played a big role in helping us win that game the other day.”