Sunday’s loss for the San Diego Chargers was pretty high up the scale of humiliation for an NFL team. Still, for this squad plagued by epic collapses and unthinkable blunders, it may only rank in the top three from the 2012 season alone. Regardless of how hard the loss to the Baltimore Ravens was to watch, the aftermath of the injuries that the Bolts suffered as a result has been even more difficult to stomach.
Nine players went down during the game with Baltimore and seven of those nine are starters on defense, the one bright spot the team has (or had) left. Among those injured was safety Atari Bigby, who was subsequently placed on injured reserve (IR) earlier in the week. He was quite a spark-plug for this Bolts defense and they will surely miss his presence roaming the middle of the secondary.
That may be even more true given the injury to the other starting safety, Eric Weddle, who was knocked unconscious on a vicious block by Ravens’ wideout Anquan Boldin during the infamous fourth and 29 play. He will be evaluated as the week moves along, but concussions are tricky and may be forced to miss some time.
Also included among those injured is linebacker Donald Butler who has been the constant force on defense this season. He suffered a groin injury and his status will likely be updated as the week progresses. Also injured were DE Corey Liuget (tibia), DT Antonio Garay (thigh), Antwan Barnes (hamstring), and Aubrayo Franklin (knee).
On the other side of the ball, both wideout Danario Alexander and tackle Jeromey Clary suffered thigh injuries, but the severity of those ailments have yet to be updated.
In any case, it seems more like injury to insult for the Bolts as they try to pick up the pieces after another embarrassing come from ahead defeat. The team’s playoff push seems to have been all but extinguished, but there is still a remote possibility playing both the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers in the next two weeks that they could re-enter the race depending on what happens elsewhere throughout the league.
Stranger things have happened…
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