When the San Diego Chargers began the 2012 season, many figured the question facing the team in mid-December would be just what playoff seeding the team was looking at. Instead, the main topic of discussion has been if the club even has enough bodies left to actually field a full squad on Sunday.
Unfortunately the team recently added two more names to their growing list of players on injured reserve (IR) in what has been a season to forget for the Bolts. Both defensive end Vaughn Martin and safety Darrell Stuckey were placed on IR bringing the club’s season total to 11. Martin never even saw the field on Sunday suffering his groin injury in pre-game warm-ups while Stuckey re-aggravated his hamstring ailment during the contest.
The bad news on the injury front for this team actually began back in August before the regular season even got started when emerging wide receiver Vincent Brown suffered a broken ankle in the team’s second preseason game. That proved to be a harbinger of things to come for the Bolts as they have gone on to lose several starters including safety Atari Bigby and left tackle Jared Gaither to IR.
Also kept off the field by various issues throughout the course of the year have been linebackers Donald Butler and Antwan Barnes, wide receivers Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem, along with offensive linemen Mike Harris, Jeromey Clary, and Tyronne Green just to name a few. These were all, at one point or another, players who were listed at the top of their respective positions on the Chargers’ depth chart.
While lamenting injuries really does very little good when all is said and done, it’s simply staggering to take a step back and realize just how large of a percentage of the San Diego roster has actually been impacted by injuries this season. Of course the year has been dubbed a lost cause for a week or two already, but it’s hard not to look at the list of injuries that this team has sustained and not think about what might have been.
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