The injury bug has seemed to hit the NFL harder than ever this season. Just this past Sunday Sam Bradford, Reggie Wayne, and Brian Cushing were all lost for the season. The San Diego Chargers have felt the injury bug as much as any team in the league. They head into their bye week with a 4-3 record, positioning them to try and fight for a wild card spot in the second half of the season.
During their bye week the team will look to get healthy at several positions. King Dunlap was returning from a concussion he suffered earlier this season and suffered another one against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. In today’s age of concussion awareness, two concussions in four weeks has to have the team’s medical staff worried.
To complicate matters even further Dunlap’s replacement, Mike Remmers injured his ankle shortly after he entered the game. Remmers was signed off waivers recently due to the injury of reserve tackle Mike Harris. First-round pick D.J. Fluker was forced to play left tackle for the first time since high school.
The team is also hoping to get back left guard Chad Rinehart. He started the first three games of the season but due to a toe injury has not played since.
All-in-all, the Chargers have done well to compete at the level they have with all their missing pieces. Dwight Freeney, Malcom Floyd are out for the season, and Melvin Ingram was hurt before the season ever got started.
If the Chargers can have a reasonable portion of health going down the stretch, they should be in the playoff picture. The AFC is down this season and they will have as good a chance as anyone to sneak into the playoffs in the wide open conference.
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