Injuries will likely continue to be a story for the battered and bruised San Diego Chargers throughout the remainder of the 2013 season. Regardless of just how many names have visited the injury report during the course of this year so far, the Bolts are actually getting healthy at a key spot: Cornerback.
In the team’s most recent loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 3, a last second touchdown toss was completed over the head of a corner just added to the roster four days earlier in Crezdon Butler. There is no way to say for certain if his lack of familiarity with the defense contributed to this breakdown, but what is assured is that the Chargers have missed their starting corners.
Both Derek Cox and Shareece Wright participated in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Even nickel corner Johnny Patrick – who suffered an undisclosed injury in last week’s game – was a full participant on Thursday suggesting optimism for his status on Sunday. Wright has been out for the past two contests with a hamstring injury while Cox exited last week’s game with a knee injury of his own.
Given the lack of pass rush that the Chargers have generated thus far this season and the recent addition of Dwight Freeney to IR, this secondary is sure to be tested from here forward. The unit was expected to be the weakest link on the San Diego defense, but they have been torched thus far this season. Only three teams have a worse pass defense than the Bolts as they surrender a massive 312.2 yards per game. They’ve also given up eight touchdown tosses and allowed a ridiculous 108.9 passer rating.
Those numbers will receive some help this week with the return of the starters, but their mere nine sacks through four games could continue to be an issue. Allowing opposing quarterbacks plenty of time to sit in the pocket and survey the field is not a recipe for success defensively.
While the injuries on the offensive line could cause some problems for the Chargers this Sunday, their secondary is nearly back to full health at this point. That positive development is definitely nice to hear considering the team’s rough luck with the injury bug thus far in 2013.