Much of the focus over the bye week for the San Diego Chargers has been centered on Head Coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith following the team’s back-to-back meltdowns on national television. Still there is plenty of season left in 2012 and the Bolts are in a tie for the lead in the AFC West at this point. They have plenty of injuries to heal during the week off and a variety of personnel decisions to make as well.
Perhaps the injury highest on the priority list is left tackle Jared Gaither who expects to be back in action when the team faces the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, October 28. He battled back issues early in the year and now has an ailing groin that has been the issue. In what may be an attempt to stave off an issue of depth moving forward, the team had former Chicago Bears first round pick Chris Williams in for a visit. Being that he couldn’t cut in Chicago on an offensive line that is filled with holes, he may not be the biggest upgrade in the world, but he would provide some much needed depth at the position.
The team has been thin at cornerback all year long and they hope to have Shareece Wright back for the Cleveland game as well. He suffered a foot injury in the season opener with the Oakland Raiders, but believes he is ready to give it a go.
Kicker Nate Kaeding has missed the last three games with a groin injury and Nick Novak has filled in for him just as he did a season ago. Kaeding hopes to be back in action soon.
Clearly the Chargers need to rehabilitate some psychological wounds as well after their poor second halves in each of their past two games. Still it is clear this team has talent and just needs to be pointed in the right direction during the sixty minutes between the white lines. Getting healthy will provide an instant boost to this team which needs something to break the monotony and get their collective psyche back on a positive track.
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