Dec. 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; San Diego Chargers strong safety Brandon Taylor (28) is carted off the field after an apparent injury during the second half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Chargers won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Staying Healthy Is a Must

Injuries, injuries, injuries! The San Diego Chargers are notorious for injuries, last season almost everyone and their Mom had a hamstring injury. This should come down to a slow with the addition of Strength and Conditioning coach, Kent Johnson. Johnson was a former Strength and Conditioning “Coach of the Year” and won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers. Having an experienced and noteworthy S&C coach will do us good. A handful of players on the Chargers roster will be trusted upon to play a major role in the success of 2013, health is definitely a major key in returning to the playoffs.

• Ryan Matthews – The most obvious of injury prone Chargers, Matthews has had problems with ankles, knees, collarbones, wrists, ribs, etc. 2011 was a pro-bowl year for Matthews with 1,546 yards from scrimmage and only two missed games due to, you guessed it, injuries. He’s already broken all of his collarbones, there shouldn’t be anymore for him to break. He can be explosive and be a reliable back if he could just hang onto the ball and stop getting hurt after every play!

• Donald Butler –
I hate to put his name up here, I really like this guy and I know he’ll be the face of the defense alongside Eric Weddle for years to come! Unfortunately, Butler was removed from his rookie season with a high ankle injury and sat out four games last season. Drafted the same year, even Matthews has four more starts than Butler!

• Derek Cox –
One of the most intriguing and commendable additions thanks to Mr. Tom Telesco. A big corner that has all the tangibles and makes the team better, the down side is he’s missed three games in 2010, ten games in 2011 and four games in 2012. Behind him isn’t much depth at corner. Shareece Wright will outfit the other corner position and Steve Williams is positioned for the nickel, while Marcus Gilchrist is trying his luck at safety, after that there’s no one.

• Malcom Floyd –
M80 has only had one injury-free season in 2009. Since then he’s had to sit out 11 games from 2010-2012. Fortunately, the Chargers are ridiculously deep at wide receiver that a Floyd injury wouldn’t hurt the Chargers too bad. Yet, Floyd wants to win a Super Bowl, he wouldn’t be much help if he’s sitting on the sidelines and every weapon counts!

• Antonio Gates –
Hard to believe that Gates played six straight seasons (2004-2009) without even chipping a nail, but from 2010-2012 Gates has missed 10 games. After a dislocated left big toe in the 2008 playoffs Gates has continuously admitted the toe had been bothering him, he played through the pain at first when he was still under the age of 30, but last season was the first to affect his production. Gates missed the pro-bowl for the first time since his rookie year.
Offense, defense it doesn’t matter what side of the ball they are on we need every Charger to stay fit, primed and HEALTHY to the very end. If you’ve noticed the noise amongst the coaches, the players and the fans, we’re not just anticipating a playoff trip three years from now, we’re expecting one this year. Enough said, Go Bolts!!!

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  • Sergio Quintero

    I would include Vincent Brown to the list, a serious ankle injury and a hamstring injury that cost him at around 6 weeks his rookie season.

    What do we say of Larry English, we know he will miss games, but this season they actually need him to produce.

    • arnie

      i think he was actually referring to players that actually “produce”, need to stay healthy.
      As for Brown, i’m not gong to count a DB falling on his ankle against him, as injury prone.

      • Sergio Quintero

        2 years, 2 pretty significant injuries count me among the “he’s injury prone” on Brown. The guy can play, I just don’t think he will play 16 games.

        As for English, Freeney is the only proven pass rusher, so they actually really need English to do something. Hence why I don’t love their pass rush, we already know Johnson isn’t much of a pass rusher, Williams, Kaiser, Beltre, not names that bring confidence.

        • arnie

          your entitled to your opinion, and i respect that, even when your wrong. Brown runs a route, pulls up lame time an again, i’d call that injury prone. Guys falls on your ankle, and your foot is in the right position to break the ankle, and it’s his fault for not making sure his fell the right way? C’mon….
          Buster Davis, injury prone. Larry English, injury prone. Mathews, injury prone. these earned the label
          As for English i was referring to the topic at hand. Jonah seemed to be referring to players that we have seen make plays for this team, and need to maintain there health to make contributions. I could care less about pass rushers, i was talking about staying healthy. larry, by any standard, does anybody expect him to produce or be effective? i don’t. so i don’t blame Jonah for mentioning him on this list. The scouting report listed him as “…injury prone…”. guess what? They were right.
          VB, isa young man that has had a rough start to his career in the NFL. Too bad he started with crappy S&C coaches.

    • Adam

      I’m so frustrated and intrigued by English. If he was unblockable last year in training camp(with that awful O-Line granted), he might rock if given the opportunity and if he stays healthy. With M.M.’s policy of earn your roster spot, could Larry repeat last years camp performance and earn a bigger chance to prove himself?

      • Sergio Quintero

        They need to find a second pass rusher, we know it isn’t J.Johnson, so English is going to get his chance this year. As scary as it sounds the chargers are going to need English to produce.

        I can only hope this guy stays healthy, and runs with the opportunity. I always think health is a bigger issue than talent with the guy.

        • Adam

          Yea he was great in college…I think his confidence is also shaken as well

  • blu3ny3llow

    Wait Butler didn’t play his rookie year because of a torn achilles…

    • Nick in PB

      That is correct!

  • tubbs45

    Linebacking core (very thin), the entire O-Line, D Alexander, (Dear God) RIVERS!!!!! It is always a risk business with teams sometimes you escape injury and other years your ravaged… I am very happy we have a new Strength and conditioning crew on board… I swear, we have more hammy injuries than any other team….

    • Peter Thompson

      And Royal accounts for more than 75% of those hammy injuries!!! LMAO. I heard that they did surgery on Royal’s leg. But the doctor effed up, and installed an old green newspaper rubber band by accident.

      • tubbs45


        • Nick in PB

          Then he shouldn’t have anything to pull back there! hahaha

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Time will tell the story we all so eagerly await. Every single move that needed to be done has been adressed, from keeping Pagano replacing the rest to improving the o line. Even Dr.Chao is gone. Injuries will decrease for sure and team duties will increase as they already have. Can’t wait!

  • Lee

    We also replaced that doucher chao. He was probably a big component of why we had so many lingering injuries

  • Cgoodness13

    How about Gaither and his “back spasms” lol I bet y’all forget about him

    • davacho

      his list is for current chargers

    • Adam

      Of course I’ve forgotten about gaither. As soon as we cut his fat ass, I blocked him from my mind. It’s to painful/infuriating to think about him.

  • Alter Ego

    At least they have a chance to heal now that Choa is gone. Look at him tell Boone ” yup – your done – seasons over”

  • Adam

    Believe in the power of prayer! Pray for our players health! It’s tempting to pray for other teams players injuries too, but I don’t think that’s how it works….