Going into Week 13, the San Diego Chargers practically have a full team on injured reserve, placing 18 players on the season-ending list!
I am sure the Chargers can say there is not enough room on the airplane for the players on IR this season and actually mean it.
Here are the players on IR and the date they were placed on it.
May 16th: Brock Hekking (OLB): Charger fans have yet to see what talent this second-year linebacker has to offer. He missed all of 2015 with a foot injury and was placed on IR in 2016 with an undisclosed injury suffered early in training camp.
August 15th: Stevie Johnson (WR) Johnson suffered a torn MCL during practice on July 31st. The nine-year veteran signed with the Chargers in 2015 and had 497 yards with three touchdowns.
August 15th: Sean Lissemore (NT) Lissemore was hoping to come back in 2016 after hurting his shoulder at the end of the 2015 season. Unfortunately, he was not able to recover from the injury and was placed on IR.
August 22nd: Jeff Cumberland (TE) Cumberland had signed a one-year deal with the Chargers after playing six years with the Jets. The tight end suffered an ACL injury in the preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals.
August 30th: Zamir Carlis (DT) The 6-foot-4, 275-pound rookie out of Stillman College suffered an ankle injury during practice. The severity of the injury is undisclosed.
August 30th: Donavon Clark (G) The 2016 seventh-round pick from Michigan State suffered a torn ACL injury against the Arizona Cardinals in the preseason.
August 30th: Tyler Johnstone (T) The rookie from Oregon suffered an undisclosed injury during training camp.
August 30th: Branden Oliver (RB) Most of us watched Oliver tear his Achilles tendon in the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. Chargers were hoping to have the hard-hitting Oliver back after he missed half of 2015 with a toe injury.
August 31st: Javontee Herndon (WR/KR) The wide receiver suffered a knee injury on July 30th. He played eight games in 2015 and had 195 yards receiving. Herndon also was used in return duties.
September 12th: Keenan Allen (WR) After missing most of the 2015 season, the Chargers were excited to get top-ranked receiver KA13 back on the field. Then, much to the chagrin of Chargers fans and fantasy football players, he suffered a torn ACL in the first game of the regular season. Six offensive plays into the 2016 season and your No. 1 target is gone for the entire year.
September 19th: Danny Woodhead (RB) After Chargers fans saw Keenan Allen go down in Week 1, they saw Woodhead go down in Week 2. The mighty back also suffered a torn ACL.
September 28th: Manti Te’o (ILB) Hoping to finally play a full season after suffering injuries in his first three years, Te’o only made it to the third game of the regular season. The team captain suffered a torn Achilles in the loss against the Indianapolis Colts.
October 7th: Jason Verrett (CB): Verrett suffered a partially torn ACL injury and was placed on IR after the fourth game against the Saints. Verrett was not able to pinpoint when the actual injury happened and therefore most likely continued to play despite the injury.
October 10th: Nick Dzubnar (ILB) The second-year undrafted linebacker from Cal Poly SLO also tore his ACL in week six against the New Orleans Saints. He had six tackles before his season-ending injury.
October 25th: Caraun Reid (DT) Reid tore his ACL in Week 7 against Atlanta. Reid was signed this year after his first two years with the Detroit Lions.
November 5th: Dexter McCluster (RB) If it wasn’t bad enough that so many players were going down on the field of play, McCluster got injured off the field. The running back, signed due to injuries, broke his arm at his home carrying furniture.
November 22nd: Brandon Mebane (NT) The veteran nose tackle, who played nine years with the Seattle Seahawks, made a huge impact on the defense. Sadly, he tore his biceps muscle in the hard-fought loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 10.
November 29th: Jerry Attaochu (OLB): Attaochu broke his foot against the Houston Texans in Week 12. The third-year linebacker had six sacks last year and two this year.
Here is a very scary thought: Nine out of the 18 players on the injured-reserve list have knee injuries, while six of them suffered ACL tears.
Injuries should never be used as an excuse for losing in the NFL but having 18 players out for the year is excessive, to say the least.
Let’s look on the bright side: despite a 5-6 record, the team has been in every contest this year. Each of their six losses have been by eight points or less. That says a lot about a team with so many key players on IR.
It will not be easy, but the playoffs are not out of reach for the Bolts… yet. I just hope they can stay healthy for the last five games, giving them a shot to earn an invite to the postseason.
Thanks for reading!
News out of Chargers Park is that ANOTHER player is lost for the year due to injury.
Monday we learned it is defensive end Caraun Reid. And as has been the sickening norm for this team, it was an ACL tear to the big end’s left knee.
Reid sustained his injury in the first quarter of the Atlanta game after being hit in his lower leg as he planted his foot. Linebacker Denzel Perryman was heading for the pile and just caught Reid’s knee.
Claimed off waivers from the Detroit Lions roster, the 6’2, 302-pounder (Princeton, round five of 2014 draft) has been with the Chargers for about six weeks. Filling in while Joey Bosa (2016 draft first round #3) nursed his sore hamstring, Reid has been a contributor on the defense. In 103 snaps he collected five combined tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
That notable highlight occurred in the week three game at Indianapolis. Rookie linebacker Jatavis Brown strip-sacked Andrew Luck and Reid scooped up the ball, taking it to the house 61 yards and tying the game at 13 all.
While announcing Reid’s situation, McCoy said “Caraun came in on the very first day and did an outstanding job. He’s a smart player that picked our system up in a hurry and made some big plays for us.”
If anyone is counting, including Reid, that makes TEN – yes, I said TEN – players lost to season-ending injuries. Five of those ten are to the knee and have occurred in the last seven weeks. Here’s the long and incomprehensible list:
Keenan Allen – torn right ACL, week one vs the Chiefs
Danny Woodhead – torn right ACL, week two vs the Jaguars
Jason Verrett – torn left ACL possibly sustained in the Jaguars game
Nick Dzubnar – torn right ACL, week four vs the Saints
And of course, Caraun Reid from yesterday.
Though it was not his ACL, the Bolts lost Manti Te’o to a torn left Achilles’ tendon early in the Colts game.
On top of those, what about the non-contact injuries that besieged the team before the 2016 campaign even began:
wide-out Stevie Johnson tore his meniscus in training camp
tight end Jeff Cumberland was lost to a torn Achilles’ during the pre-season game against Arizona
rookie guard Donavon Clark tore his right ACL in the Arizona contest
change of pace back Branden Oliver had his right Achilles’ snap during the Minnesota game
It is ONLY Week 7 and that list is scary!! I don’t know if there is any other NFL team playing right now that has had the upheaval to their roster that San Diego has endured. There are still nine weeks to go to the end of the season.
I shudder to think what the “football gods” have in store for this group of men and the accursed injury phenomena as time rolls by. Every time a man goes down, I cringe and pray it is just a minor hiccup and they’ll be back quickly.
Time for the CBA to be re-evaluated. Some teams don’t lose any players, some one or two. But to have TEN is like looking at an emergency room full of wheelchairs!
Sorry to see your name added to that list, Caraun Reid. Your presence on defense will be sorely missed.
Only 14 short days remain until the San Diego Chargers open their 2016 training camp with a practice that’s open to the public on July 30th. Hopefully, we’ll get our first look at the full 90-man roster competing for a spot on the 53-man roster. The first man selected by the Chargers with the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Joey Bosa, is still not under contract. In this piece we take a look at the last man selected by the Chargers in the draft, Donavon Clark.
With their seventh-round draft pick (224th overall), the Chargers sought to add more beef to the offensive line. Clark is a hulkish 6-foot-4, 315-pound guard out of Michigan State University. Clark was highly praised for his versatility. When injuries arose along the MSU offensive line, Clark filled in seamlessly.
At the MSU Pro Day, Clark recorded an impressive 26 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.17 seconds and broad jumped 8’6″. Coaches and scouts love his football IQ, leadership skills and wide body.
After redshirting in 2011, Clark played in six games in 2012 as a redshirt freshman. From his sophomore season on, he played in every game and was the full-time starter in his junior and senior seasons. In all, he started 33 of 47 games at Michigan State.
In his four-year career, Clark recorded nine starts at right tackle and six starts at left tackle. His normal position on the offensive line was right guard. ESPN’s draft guru Mel Kiper had glowing words for Clark after the Chargers selected him.
“What you like about Michigan State offensive linemen is they come in NFL ready. It’s a pro offense,” Kiper said. “This is a kid that shows he can move defenders off the line of scrimmage. Adequate in pass protection. Has some versatility. When you come out of this offense, Jack Allen, Jack Conklin, these kids are ready to step in. It’s not a learning curve with the Michigan State offensive line.”
Check out the video to see why Kiper was so bullish on Clark:
The Spartans were one of the Nation’s best offensive lines in 2015. Clark shows excellent lateral quickness, ability to read and react to rushers and block them out of the play or away from the ball handler. (And how can you not love the added bonus he brings to the table at the 3:04 mark of the video?) Clark was a Coaches’ selection for All-Big Ten third-team in 2015.
The Chargers need as much quality offensive line depth as they can get, and Clark is a huge upside prospect. He is durable, can play guard and tackle and comes from a big-time program with a pro-style system. This man (#63 in your program) will be one to watch as he challenges for a spot on the 53-man roster.
Follow Donavon on Twitter @donavon76
Good luck, Mr. Clark.
The Greg One
On Monday, the San Diego Chargers announced on the team’s official website that they have signed five players from their 2016 draft class. Those players include: fourth-round pick ILB Joshua Perry, fifth-round pick LB Jatavis Brown, sixth-round picks P Drew Kaser and FB Derek Watt and seventh-round pick OL Donavon Clark.
All of the draftees signed were selected on the third day of this year’s draft.
These signings leave only Joey Bosa, Hunter Henry and Max Tuerk to sign in order for the Bolts to have all of their ’16 draft picks under contract.
Due to the rookie wage scale that was adopted by the league, signing your draft picks is no longer the headache that it used to be for NFL teams. Of course, there are minute details that need to be figured out, but the process is much easier than in the past.
The signing of Bosa is expected to take the most time as he was selected with the third overall pick in this year’s draft.
“I swear, this never happens. This is the first time EVER!” – me, more often than I’d like to admit…..
It plagues so many of us who love to write and talk about the NFL.
We’re all guilty of it; prematurely evaluating players and teams in an effort to produce thought-provoking content, providing the readers with a topic that they will be drawn to, solely so they can tear it down and call you mean names on the interwebs.
So, since I know all of you are champing at the bit to critique the Chargers’ 2016 draft class, allow me to afford you the perfect opportunity to do so.
Below is a poll, strategically placed for your enjoyment. Please vote on the poll and leave a comment stating why you gave the grade you did.
Personally, I love what all of our readers have to say regarding their thoughts on the Bolts. It’s always entertaining, and it occasionally presents an opportunity to add a writer to the site.
DE/OLB – Joey Bosa
6-foot-5, 269 pounds Ohio State
TE – Hunter Henry
6-foot-5, 250 pounds Arkansas
C – Max Tuerk
6-foot-5, 298 pounds USC
LB – Joshua Perry
6-foot-4, 254 pounds Ohio State
LB – Jatavis Brown
5-foot-11, 227 pounds Akron
P – Drew Kaser
6-foot-2, 212 pounds Texas A&M
FB – Derek Watt
6-foot-2, 236 pounds Wisconsin
OL – Donavon Clark
6-foot-4, 315 pounds Michigan State
Thanks in advance for reading and voting. I look forward to your comments below.
The incoming draft class of the San Diego Chargers have their new jersey numbers, now they will have to earn their stripes. Rookie camp is already underway and the eager new breed are busily taking in classroom and practice time with their position coaches.
Here are the numbers that will be next to their names in your program this year:
TE Hunter Henry-86
The number is fitting since Henry will be the next man up once Chargers legend and future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates steps away from the game. Gates wears 85.
Center Max Tuerk-62
ILB Joshua Perry-53
ILB Jatavis Brown-57
P Drew Kaser-6
FB Derek Watt-34
Here’s hoping Watt wears this number better than the last player to don it, the paycheck-stealing Donald Brown.
G Donavon Clark-63
As for your first-round pick, defensive end Joey Bosa rocked the number 97 with pride on his way to becoming the best player in college football.
Alas, that number is already spoken for by Jerry Attaochu.
To whom much is given, much is expected. A tall burden comes with being a top draft pick. Joey Bosa was the first non-quarterback to come off the board in the NFL Draft. No one expects more from him than he does for himself. Bosa already welcomes lofty comparisons due to the eerily identical combine stats to J.J. Watt.
As a constant reminder of that expected greatness, he has chosen the same number as Watt: 99.
It takes a special kind of player to wear the number 99. Not just any player can rock that number. Cordarro Law wore 99 for one season and now he’s gone. Igor Olshansky was the last Charger to wear it before Law. Game changers wear 99. Watt, Warren Sapp, Dan Wilkinson, Jason Taylor, Kawaan Short, Seth Joyner, Pepper Johnson, Marcel Dareus, Mark Gastineau and Cortez Kennedy are just a sample of the natural born killers behind the legacy of the 99.
Wear it well, Mr. Bosa.
The Greg One