|Team:||Los Angeles Chargers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 250 lb.|
|Born:||June 11, 1993|
|Drafted:||2017 / UDFA|
Culkin (Achilles) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Culkin has already been ruled out for the season, so this is simply a formality. The 25-year-old tight end will look to recover in time for the 2020 season. Virgil Green (groin), Lance Kendricks and Stephen Anderson are the will carry the load until Hunter Henry (knee) is ready to return.
Culkin suffered a torn Achilles during Sunday's win over the Dolphins and is done for the season, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The injury woes continue for the Chargers, as Hunter Henry (knee) is in the middle of lengthy recovery and Virgil Green (groin) was inactive for Week 4's contest. At the time of this report, Lance Kendricks is the only healthy tight end. Expect the team to bring another player aboard before Week 5's game versus the Steelers.
Culkin suffered an ankle injury and is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Analysis: It's unclear how Culkin suffered the injury, but it's serious enough to force him to miss game time. This was a great opptunity for Culkin, especially considering Hunter Henry (knee) and Virgil Green (groin) were both inactive for the game. With Culkin sidelined, Lance Kendricks is the only healthy tight end on the roster for the Chargers.
Culkin is expected to serve as the Chargers' starting tight end Sunday against the Dolphins, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: With Hunter Henry (knee) and Virgil Green (groin) both inactive for Week 4, Culkin and Lance Kendricks will be the lone healthy tight ends at the Chargers' disposal. Culkin worked ahead of Kendricks in pregame warmups, so he presumably stands to benefit from the larger share of snaps of the two. After Green's early departure in the Week 3 loss to the Texans, Culkin played a season-high 44 snaps but was targeted just once by Philip Rivers. Expect Culkin to mostly fill a blocking role whenever he's on the field Sunday.
Culkin caught his only target in 2018, but did manage to play 192 offensive snaps in 2018 acting primarily as a blocking tight end.
Analysis: Culkin caught his first career pass, but for the most part it was a disappointing season for the second-year tight end. While it's unclear if Antonio Gates will return to the team, Hunter Henry (knee) should be back in 2019 and the continual presence of Virgil Green will likely hinder Culkin's opportunities to receive consistent looks.
Culkin is active for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Analysis: Culkin sat out the last four games due to a lingering back injury, but will retake the field versus Denver. The second-year tight end will serve a depth role behind Antonio Gates and Virgil Green.
Culkin (back) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Analysis: Culkin practiced in a limited capacity each day this week. The Missouri product is in danger of missing his fourth consecutive game Sunday due to a lingering back injury. If Culkin misses Sunday's game, the Los Angeles offense likely wouldn't be impacted much.
Culkin (back) is ruled out for Saturday's game against the Ravens.
Analysis: Culkin will miss his third straight game due to a lingering back injury. The second-year tight end has only been targeted once this season and hasn't seen more than 20 offensive snaps since Week 6, so his continued absence is unlikely to notably impact the Chargers' offense.
Culkin (back) has been ruled out for Thursday's matchup against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Culkin was unable to practice each day this week. The Missouri product also missed Sunday's win over the Bengals. Culkin hasn't logged more than 20 offensive snaps in a game since Week 6 and is listed as the third tight end on the depth chart. Therefore, his absence may not have much of an impact on the team.
Culkin (back) did not practice Tuesday, Sam Fortier of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Culkin's absence from the practice field doesn't bode well for his chances of suiting up in Saturday's tilt with the Jets. Given the short week, Culkin may need to prove he can hold up in practice before earning any green light. If he can't go, the Chargers would be left with just two active tight ends for Saturday's contest.
Culkin (back) was a non-participant on Monday's practice report.
Analysis: Culkin did not participate in practice last week and while Monday's status is an estimation -- given the team had a walk-through -- it's not encouraging to see Culkin as a DNP once again. However, as a blocking specialist Culkin doesn't see a ton of offensive targets when on the field and carries little fantasy value.
Culkin (back) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Analysis: A depth tight end for the Chargers, Culkin has one reception through the team's first 12 games. His absence thus won't prove too consequential for fantasy purposes.
Culkin (back) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Culkin did not practice Wednesday or Thursday due to a back injury, putting his status for Sunday's tilt against the Bengals in legitimate question. The depth tight end has only caught one pass this season, so his absence would likely only lead to an uptick in blocking snaps for Virgil Green.
Culkin did not practice Wednesday due to an apparent back injury, Sam Fortier of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It's a little unclear as to when exactly Culkin sustained the back injury. With little details provided, it's tough to estimate his availability for Sunday's contest. His practice report over the next two days should give a better indication as to where he stands.
Culkin earned a spot on the team's 53-man roster, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Analysis: The return of Antonio Gates likely means that Culkin will be primarily a special teams player. The second-year tight end is firmly behind Gates and Virgil Green on the depth chart.
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