As if the Chargers hadn’t received enough bad news on the injury report, Ian Rapoport just announced that rookie cornerback Jason Verrett has a torn labrum. He is expected to miss at least 2-3 weeks.
The entire San Diego squad has been beat up. Major contributors have been lost for the year, and there are many high-quality players that have already missed significant time.
The secondary was looking great with both Brandon Flowers – who is practicing today for the first time since suffering a concussion against the Chiefs – and Verrett in the defensive lineup. Flowers was the highest rated cornerback via Profootballfocus.com and Jason was the 2nd rated corner.
Considering the week 10 bye is right around the corner, the Bolts will have some time to get players healthy. The real question surrounding Verrett, is how accurate is the initial diagnosis of him only missing 2-3 weeks? Although he played through a torn labrum while he was at TCU, it is said that this injury is more severe than the one he suffered as a collegian.
Until Verrett is healthy, defensive coordinator John Pagano will have to creative in his coverage shcemes. It is paramount that the front-seven applies pressure to opposing quarterbacks in an effort to help out the secondary.
The recent injury news doesn’t come as a real surprise seeing as Verrett left the game in a sling and has yet to return to the practice field. Once he is healthy again, and the Chargers get back Brandon Flowers, the defense will receive a boost from the 2014 offseason additions in Jason and Brandon.