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Which backups will step up on Sunday?

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The Chargers' injury report will be littered with big names this week. Lorenzo Neal is out for the rest of the regular season. Shawne Merriman and Luis Castillo will be inactive against Detroit. And Jamal Williams is a big-time question mark with a badly sprained ankle. How will the Chargers cope with this rash of injuries?

Fifth-year veteran Andrew Pinnock replaces Lorenzo Neal in the starting lineup. Pinnock will make his first career start, and Norv Turner will have to alter the game plan to fit Pinnock's skill set. Pinnock is not as powerful as Neal, functioning more as a seal-off blocker than a bulldozer. However, unlike Neal, Pinnock is an actual threat with the ball in his hands. Now, all of those throws out... Recommended Stories