Jul 25, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Danario Alexander (84) catches a pass during receiver drills during training camp at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Linemen Required to Wear Knee Braces in Practice. Why Isn’t Everyone Else?


Everyone on the Chargers offensive line is required to wear knee braces this year in practice to prevent knee injuries. I wish Coach D could have got the word out to the other coaches and players on the roster. We don’t need injuries happening to our players in PRACTICE! We still have time to implement it for the rest of the players.

I saw a photo of D.J. Fluker yesterday and noticed huge knee braces on both of his knees. I wondered if the kid already had bad knees, then I heard the report of the Chargers linemen all wearing knee braces to prevent injuries. GENIUS.

We haven’t lost any Chargers offensive linemen with an ACL tear yet this year. Maybe Coach D is onto something.

We have lost three linebackers and a wide receiver to torn up knees. Maybe the linebackers coach should get in on this knee brace thing.  Maybe wide receivers coach. Maybe everyone. Players may be moving a little slower in practice, but we won’t lose those players for the year to a knee injury.

Danario Alexander tore his knee up in practice this year. He wears a knee brace on his left knee. He tore up his right knee.

With all the ACL injuries that are happening in town and around the league, we might as well put this requirement into effect immediately. I don’t care if they are uncomfortable and it slows the players down in practice.

Protect yourself before you wreck yourself!

Tags: Nfl Offseason San Diego Chargers

  • Mz. Sarah

    I know he wore braces on both knees at Bama. Coach D is smart and he knows we can’t lose anyone to this ACL epidemic!
    New turf the problem???

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      not sure if it is the turf… the problem is going around the league. john clayton had a good reasoning on why the injuries were happening:

      Explaining the high number of injuries. The new collective bargaining agreement creates too much time for the players to rest their bodies. As one front office exec told me, long rest helps joints, but long rest isn’t great for tendons. The new work rules give players 14 weeks off from the end of the season, seven weeks to train with their teammates and then six to eight weeks off before training camp. If the players aren’t doing enough running or training to keep the tendons constantly working, they are vulnerable to the ACL tears, Achilles pulls and other injuries that have hit teams. Many of these injuries have come in non-contact activities. The league and the union need to devote time to figuring out a better offseason strategy to help players stay away from these bad injuries.

      • arnie

        Bling. you hit it right on the head. I was wondering the same thing. The NFLPA negotiated more money, an less work. An the results have been, coaches not having two-a-days anymore, and less padded practice, need to get more with the time they have. According to that report, more “high tempo” practice, has yielded more potential career ending injuries.
        The solution Ernie, the players need to put in the work. Or put on the braces for practice.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Hmmm, I’m not sure if it’s turf. I’m pretty sure we are still playing on grass at the practice fields and the Q. Ernie, pay attention to this type of stuff, do you know?

  • 619chargers4life

    I’ve noticed a lot of college teams do that as well

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    It’s stupid. They should be wearing any and all protective gear in practice.

  • Pels04

    Funny you mentioned that because i noticed it in one of the videos on Chargers.com. Im glad you told me though cuz i thought they all had bad knees!

  • Gunnar Martin

    At least have everyone wear them in practice. Then, the players can decide for themselves whether or not they will wear them on game day. Heck, they’d be like those batting donuts in baseball. The players that take them off would be able to run like Flash when it matters. Build up those leg muscles and then take the weights off on Sunday.

  • SD Sean

    For many (a majority?) of the players, braces make sense during practice. But for receivers like DX? I’ve always thought that timing was crucial between QB and his receivers. Don’t you think braces in practice would affect game day timing?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Probably. That would be when it would be a setback. Thought about that too, but what about the linebackers?

  • chris01

    But didnt DX were knee braces because his knees were already banged up?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      just on the left knee

  • Bill Nichols

    Also sounds like it could work like a baseball donut, that makes the bat heavier during warming up in the batters circle. Take it off, and the bat feels a lot lighter, quicker swing, etc.. Same with the damn knee braces, come game time, take them off, and feel like you are lighter , quicker. But gotta give coach D props, let’s make this mandatory across the board……. Bolt Up baby, under 3 hours til kick off!!