The San Diego Chargers dealt with several injuries last season and already are dealing with a few key players recovering from past injuries during their second week of OTAs.
Injuries are a part of the NFL game and every team has to deal with them on a yearly basis. This means other players have to step up and fill in when a teammate(s) goes down. The Chargers experienced this first hand last season. D.J. Fluker (to point out a player) stepped up and played all over the offensive line when guys went down.
Offensive guard Jeromey Clary, wide receiver Malcom Floyd and rookie cornerback Jason Verrett are all recovering from injuries they suffered last season. All three players will need to have a big impact if the Chargers want to build on their success from a year ago.
Last season San Diego was hit with devastating injuries to Dwight Freeney, Melvin Ingram, Steve Williams and Floyd. Linebackers Donald Butler and Manti Te’o missed three games, while linebacker Jarret Johnson, offensive tackle King Dunlap and offensive guards Chad Rinehart and Rich Ohrnberger all missed five games.
The Chargers’ have a relatively young roster, so the experience and leadership that these veterans will play this season will be vital to the team’s success and to the development of their younger players.
Even with inconsistencies to their starting lineup the Chargers were still able to finish the regular season with a 9-7 record and make the playoffs to upset the Cincinnati Bengals.
If the Chargers can avoid the injury bug and stay healthy they could surprise the league again with another playoff run.