Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Dwight Freeney (93) on the field after being injured during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Putting Chargers Injuries in Perspective

This year, as is the case most years, the Chargers have a lot of injured players; we all know that.  Just looking over the list of injured players is really frustrating because I do believe that we have a great team, they’re just never on the field.  So, I decided to take a look at the NFLs three undefeated teams and see what their injury reports would look like if they had suffered the same injuries as the chargers.

First off, here are the starters who did not practice today (and I’m talking week 1, 100% healthy, perfect world starters, not just starters from last week):

Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd, Ryan Mathews, DJ Fluker, King Dunlap, Chad Rinehart, Melvin Ingram, Dwight Freeney, Jarret Johnson, Donald Butler

That’s 10 starters right there, ten guys who might not play on Sunday, 1/5 of our team.  Nightmare.  Now, a few of these guys have a chance to play on Sunday, and I hope they do, but 4 of them are out for the season (barring a miracle comeback by Ingram).

Anyway, the bottom line is that the injury bug has hit us at these positions: WR1. WR2, RB, RT, LT, LG, ROLB, LOLB, DE/LB (Freeney) and MLB.  Let’s take a look and see who the three undefeated teams would lose if they had similar injuries (based on their official depth charts and injury reports).

New Orleans Saints

WR1 – Marques Colston, WR2 – Lance Moore (Injured), RB – Let’s say Darren Sproles since they have like 15, RT – Zach Strief, LT – Charles Brown, LG – Ben Grubbs, OLB – Junior Galette, OLB – Will Smith (Injured), DE – Cameron Jordan, MLB – Curtis Lofton

Kansas City Chiefs

WR1 – Dwayne Bowe, WR2 – Donnie Avery, RB – Jamal Charles, RT – Eric Fisher, LT – Branden Albert, LG – Jeff Allen, OLB – Justin Houston, OLB – Tamba Hali, DE – Tyson Jackson, MLB – Derrick Johnson

Denver Broncos

WR1 – Demaryius Thomas, WR2 – Wes Welker, RB – Knowshon Moreno, RT – Orlando Franklin, LT – Ryan Clady (Injured), LG – Zane Beadles, OLB – Von Miller (Suspended), OLB – Shaun Phillips, DE – Derek Wolfe, MLB – Wesley Woodyard

Try doing this for any team, not just the undefeated ones and it put the Chargers injuries into frightening perspective.  It really is amazing how unlucky we have been with injuries this year (and I thought last year was bad).  The most frightening statistic when looking at these lists, however, is that two of these teams are in our division.  D’oh!

Now, I’ve noted the players who are out for these teams, but they’re nowhere near the Chargers numbers.  Can you imagine the frustration these team’s fans would have if they lost all of these players?  Would all of these teams be undefeated?  I wouldn’t bet against the Broncos as long as they have Manning, but it would be a heck of a lot harder.

I don’t know what my point is here to be honest.  I just wanted to put our injuries in perspective.  With all this considered, it’s really amazing that we’re 2-3 (and should be 4-1).  I guess my point is that we have a great team so don’t give up hope.  Just look at the Chiefs injury report from last year to see what a difference a few players can make.  Let’s just hope that in the future all our guys can stay healthy and we can play to our full potential.  In the mean time, let’s give the guys who are out there all the support we can.

Go bolts!

Dave O

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Don’t forget Stevie Williams was our starting Nickle CB and Weddle was saying he was the fastest guy on the D. We all forget him because we have never seen him play lol poor guy. Good read Dave.

    • Peter Thompson

      We can also add Brandon Taylor to that list… he is supposed to be our starting SS.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Jesus … the list just keeps goin and goin. I wonder how many extra hot tubs we had to order.

        • Peter Thompson

          You could add Shareece Wright to the list too, as he was out two games.

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            gonna need another hot tub

          • arnie

            Gotta give credit to the GM an Coaching staff, for getting this far.

      • Michael

        Not to mention manti the first 4 weeks,,,, good comments

  • Peter Thompson

    Thank you, Dave! This team has been ravaged! What really kills me, is that we entered the season “100% healthy” outside of the injuries we already knew we had from training camp & preseason. We aren’t even close to that phrase anymore.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      ya there are like 10 dudes on our roster that won’t be when we are back to full health next season. It will be like a extra 10 draft picks plus our seven draft picks lol lots of cuts coming next season.

      • Peter Thompson

        If there is a bright side.. at least our depth is getting battle-tested experience. Next year, they will be more prepared to step in and play. We might even have a WAY better preseason next year because of this.

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          Thats a good point Peter, there’s going to be some serious roster turnover and our Depth will be ridiculously better and that’s not counting any FA pickups.

  • arnie

    Thanks Dave for being the voice of reason.

  • Ioane

    Whats more scary is the fact that AJ drafted so many players who had injury concerns coming out of college.

  • Chris

    Sounds like a big excuse for losing .

    • tubbs45

      Try reading the article Einstein.

  • Peter Thompson

    What are they doing down at Chargers park that all these players are getting hurt?

  • boltingindiego

    What hurts the most about the injuries was our lack of depth to begin with b4 the injuries. Now its just magnified with these injuries.

  • Bill Nichols

    Bottom line is, our bolts are doing the best they can, with what they have. And I would bet, they are doing a hell of a lot better than most, if not all, would do in our same exact position. What I hate, is thinking about the possibilities this team would have with a much less injured roster. The right people were employed initially. I am sure TT would have made some of the same moves to bolster / add depth, if injuries to players like Ingram, and DX hadn’t gone down. Again, I freaking hate thinking about the possibilities, we’re talking New York in February possibilities. (slap yo self fool) Let’s just get this win Monday night, Bolt Up!!

  • Gunnar Martin

    We have a great future ahead of us if we can get to 2-3 with all those guys out. Pretty amazing

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Really…this season is not even close to over and neither are The BOLTS. The two bookends will play this Mon. and Philip Rivers is still the quarterback. Would have been nice to beat the faiders but it’s not the end of the season. Superbowl teams have had heaps of adversity in the past only to overcome and conquer. This team is capable of doing just that. And yes next year they will be much better. GO BOLTS!!! I will be there this Monday Night with my powder blues on the press level cheering my team to victory or sticking by them in their defeat. BOLT UP!!!

  • Nick in PB

    Good article Dave. I think the injuries have really tested the players, coaches and the fan base. Think about this, we are starting games with a lot of players that looked absolutely horrid in the preseason. 2nd and 3rd teamers. I have to give credit to the coaching staff for getting these guys prepared. In an ideal world, a lot of these guys would be cutting their teeth on special teams. Heck, half our secondary would likely be without jobs. We’ve had to bring guys in off the street… to start! That’s quite an uphill climb for a new coaching staff. Like all of us, I think we were all looking forward to seeing what a new era in Charger football was going to be like. But this is unreal, the adversity we have to face on our own team!

  • MT

    just a note. you list the Saints linebackers and put galette and loften but reality is those are the backups cause our linebacker core was rocked with IRs before the season even started.