In a move announced by the San Diego Chargers Saturday, defensive lineman Corey Liuget and cornerback Brandon Flowers have been placed on season-ending injured reserve. The 3-9 Chargers are playing out their last four games and looking forward to having two of their benchmark players healthy and at full speed when training camp begins for the 2016 season.
Liuget is listed on the injured reserve report with an undisclosed foot injury. Whatever the nature of his injury is, it’s enough to limit the 300 lb. defensive leader and coaches to decide to end his season early. The 26-year old Liuget just signed a five-year extension in the offseason. He will finish the season with 34 tackles (28 solo) and three sacks.
Flowers is listed on the injured reserve report with a knee injury. This will bring to an end what has been a rough season for the All-Pro cornerback. Flowers has been battling injuries all season and has found himself on the tail end of a number of touchdown passes during the Chargers recent six-game losing streak. The Pro Bowler also signed a four-year contract extension during the offseason so his future with the team is secure and he will be needed more come 2016 than he is now. Flowers’ season comes to a close with 33 tackles (29 solo), one sack, four passes defensed and no interceptions.
Hoping to fill the void left behind by these two stalwarts will partly fall on the shoulders of unproven cornerback Steve Williams and nose tackle Darius Philon. Williams was selected in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. His time on the field has been limited by various injuries. Philon was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft and this will be his first game action since week three as he has been recovering from knee and hip injuries.
The timing of these moves couldn’t be worse as the Chargers head into hostile territory to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. At this point of the season it’s best for all involved to let the young guys play extended minutes, rest the vets and see what needs will have to be addressed once the season comes to a close. Perhaps there is still a hidden diamond in the lump of coal that has been this season.
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