San Diego Chargers Battling Injuries for Game with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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.
Follow Anthony Blake on Twitter @AnthonyMBlake or on Facebook at Anthony Mizarkus Blake
Three Buffalo Bills training camp questions that do not include EJ Manuel
Forget the all encompassing quarterback battle or the intrigue of the offensive line auditions. What are the other areas worth discussing on the Buffalo Bills? Avoiding redundancy and side stepping critical mass, here are the top 3 NON QUARTERBACK AND NON OFFENSIVE LINE questions for the Buffalo Bills early on in training camp. Read More
Three players who will have breakout seasons for the New York Jets
A lot of the hype surrounding the Jets stems from the big-name guys they brought in this offseason -- Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Brandon Marshall -- but no matter how good they may be, they’re still joining a team that went 4-12 last season; they won’t be able to do it all themselves. The Jets need some of their own guys to step up, to break out. Read More
Three hilarious reasons why Deadspin hates the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Deadspin's Drew Magary is in the midst of a really awesome series entitled "Why Your Team Sucks." It's simple, it's mean and (most importantly) it's really funny. Read More
Three reasons why the Atlanta Falcons need to sign Jake Long immediately
If you’re wondering how Jake Long is even available, that’s a good question, but it all comes down to this: Does he have anything left? All I can say is that whether he does or not, he’s well worth the risk. Read More
The top-10 New Orleans Saints skill players of the Sean Payton era (Part 1)
The New Orleans Saints and Sean Payton have made high-flying offenses their signature dish, but who have been the main ingredients? Here are the top-10 skill players of the Sean Payton era. Read More