Just when you think the injury bug might consider packing up its belongings and moving to a city other than San Diego, it has renewed its lease and taken another victim; in this case it’s Pro Bowl cornerback Jason Verrett.
On Wednesday, Verrett told reporters that he has suffered a partially torn ACL and that his season is over.
“My season is done,” Verrett said via Chargers.com. “The feeling I had in my knee, I knew something wasn’t right but I have the mindset of being out there. Then getting the results, it was crushing. It was tough. But I knew something wasn’t right.”
Are you kidding me?
No, of course you aren’t.
Arguably the best player on the Chargers’ defense, Verrett’s loss comes as a huge blow to a unit which counts on the young DB to take away the opponent’s No. 1 receiving threat.
Through four games in 2016, the former Horned Frog tallied 13 total tackles, three passes defensed and one interception — I believe we are all still trying to figure out how Verrett came up with that interception against the Chiefs in Week 1.
I must admit, nothing comes as a surprise to a Chargers fan. The team has already lost studs Keenan Allen, Danny Woodhead, Manti Te’o and Stevie Johnson to season-ending injuries, along with Branden Oliver, Jeff Cumberland, Javontee Herndon and Sean Lissemore, who are also done for the year.
The loss of Verrett may have the biggest impact on the team out of all of the injured Bolts.
Though Allen is an up-and-coming star at the wide receiver position, quarterback Philip Rivers can get by with whomever is put out there to run routes. Yes, the loss of KA13 is incredibly devastating, but not having Verrett available to lock down one side of the field is beyond tragic.
Comparing the various impacts of injured Chargers not playing is a moot point.
The fact of the matter is, this team is going to have to move on without the aforementioned players for the remainder of the 2016 campaign; that is unless one of them miraculously heals and the team decides to use a short-term injured-reserved designation, allowing the player to come back after missing eight weeks.
The Chargers travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders in Week 5, and sadly they’ll do so without the services of cornerback Jason Verrett, who ironically grew up a fan of the Raiders.
Dave Booga Peters