Heading into their Sunday night tilt with the New Orleans Saints, the San Diego Chargers will be as healthy as they have been all season long. With just three players even listed on the injury report and one of those listed as probable (Tyronne Green), the Bolts have had relatively good luck with the injury bug thus far in 2012 (knock on wood). It didn’t seem as if you would be able to say that about the team just a few short weeks ago however.
With left tackle Jared Gaither’s enigmatic back issues, running back Ryan Mathews’ healing collarbone and tight end Antonio Gates’ ailing ribs, the Bolts were the walking wounded back in weeks one and two. Now the team has just two guys in kicker Nate Kaeding and cornerback Shareece Wright definitely out of the game with New Orleans.
This is the best luck in terms of health that the team has had in recent memory. Head Coach Norv Turner attempted to explain the phenomenon, saying: “We are a lot younger football team than we have been. We have guys who starting camp were recovering (from injuries) and have not had major injuries we’ve had to deal with. It’s a combination of those things.”
Health is a big determining factor in which teams ultimately go the farthest during the brutal 16-game schedule in the NFL. The Chargers hope to have finally overcome the injury hurdles that have plagued them in some form or fashion during the course of the last decade. Remaining healthy into the stretch run of the season will be vital if this club will be able to live up to the hype and finally make a deep push into the playoffs this year.
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