Eleven Chargers sidelined vs. Titans

August 13, 2016

Tyrell Williams has been getting plenty of run in training camp.

On Saturday, it was time to rest.

The Chargers wide receiver was one of 11 players held out of the exhibition opener against the Titans. He is dealing with leg tightness, sources said, and the team informed him on game day that he wouldn’t play, choosing a proactive approach. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin, left guard Orlando Franklin and rookie inside linebacker Jatavis Brown were among the others not in uniform.

Williams, a 6-foot-4 target whose route-running has matured entering his second season, has seen heavy first-team work over the past two weeks. Keenan Allen and Dontrelle Inman are expected to start while James Jones and Isaiah Burse figure to have an active night.

Franklin suffered a right knee injury in Thursday’s practice. A source close to Franklin indicated the injury is considered minor. Kenny Wiggins is expected to start in his place.

Benjamin and Brown have missed a string of recent practices but don’t appear especially far from a return to the field. Benjamin, a March free-agent addition, also missed time in the spring with a hamstring strain, so he’s been unable to gain comfort in the offense and build chemistry with quarterback Philip Rivers this offseason to the degree he would otherwise. Four weeks remain until the Chargers’ season opener on Sept. 11 in Kansas City.

Center Spencer Pulley, defensive lineman Tenny Palepoi, defensive lineman Sean Lissemore, wide receiver Javontee Herndon, cornerback Greg Ducre, wide receiver Rico Richardson and defensive lineman Zamir Carlis also were ruled out against the Titans.