Bolts injuries mount as they get pummeled by Vikings 31-14

Jerry Holt

SAN DIEGO–Maybe injuries were something inevitable for this season, but they have now reached a new height for the San Diego Chargers.

Orlando Franklin (ankle), Chris Hairston (undisclosed) and Chris Watt (groin) all had to leave the game for the Bolts due to injury.

Franklin looked to be favoring an ankle this preseason and his injury did not look well as he had to be helped off the field. Hairston, Franklin’s replacement, had to leave due to an apparent injury. Watt seemed uncomfortable and left the game in the first quarter with his groin injury, which had been bothering him all week.

The Chargers had no rhythm offensively until a second quarter touchdown pass to Keenan Allen who was the only bright spot of the game.

Allen finished with 12 receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Philip Rivers had pressure on him all day as Minnesota’s blitzes were frequent and effective. With no protection, Rivers made many errant throws and at one point almost came off the field due to injury.

Defensively, San Diego had no answer for Adrian Peterson.

No.28 finished with 20 carries for 126 yards and two touchdowns. That’s an average of 6.3 yards per carry. So far this season, the Bolts are giving up the second-highest average of yards per carry.

The Chargers season is now hanging in the balance.

This week the inactive list included Ladarius Green who suffered his second concussion of the season, Jacoby Jones who is the only pure returner on the team and guard Johnnie Troutman who has been out since the beginning of the season with a broken arm. A list sure to increase next week. 

The losses are abundant and significant for the Bolts that their game next week against Cleveland becomes a much bigger deal than it did at the beginning of the season.

San Diego must become the best team at adjustments if they want to avoid missing the playoffs for a second straight season.

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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.


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