There is a certain level of concern inside the San Diego Chargers’ locker room that doesn’t relate back to the team’s on-field mishaps or potential organizational upheaval. Injuries are starting to mount for this team and heading into a critical game on Sunday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it’s highly possible that the Bolts will be without some key components of the squad.
Two consecutive missed practices to finish out a week is generally the tell-tale sign that a player will miss an upcoming contest. For defensive end Corey Liuget, offensive tackle Jared Gaither, and outside linebacker Antwan Barnes, that is exactly what transpired according to the final team injury report for the week.
Gaither has been limited by a nagging groin injury for nearly a month now and it still won’t allow him to be at his full potential. He first suffered the injury on October 15 against the Kansas City Chiefs and hasn’t been the same player in the games since. Rookie Michael Harris has made four starts already this season due to Gaither ailing back early in the year and Sunday may be another opportunity for him to see the field.
For Liuget, this season has been a real breakout campaign for him. As an end in a 3-4 defense, players don’t often get much recognition and Liuget hasn’t on a national level, but his play has spoken volumes. He has played in all eight games to this point in the season, but a hamstring injury may keep him limited if not sidelined for the Bolts’ ninth contest.
While most of the talk has been about potential hirings and firings for the Chargers of late, the team is still very much a part of the playoff race in the AFC. Those chances will take a huge hit if these players are unable to suit up on Sunday against a Bucs team that has been hot in recent weeks. Injuries have plagued the Bolts in seasons past and it seems like this year will be no different.
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