King Dunlap, Chad Rinehart, Jarret Johnson All Back On The Field

Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Jarret Johnson (right) talks with Indianapolis Colts defensive end Cory Redding (left) prior to the game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

It seems that the BYE week was good for the health of some of the San Diego Chargers. Donald Butler still is not on the practice field, but players that were on the sideline last week were able to make their return.

King Dunlap suffered a concussion in the last game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he was able to get onto the field for practice. Nice to have the big tackle back on the left side for the team. Hopefully he will be able to stay healthy for us though. He has already gone down a couple of times this season.

Chad Rinehart is finally back at left guard for us. He was out with a toe injury, but he was able to join in on practice today. Johnnie Troutman did a solid job as the starter while he was out.

Jarret Johnson was back on the practice field today also. He had sat out the last couple of games with a hamstring injury, but he participated in practices last week and looked like he would be able to rejoin the team in Jacksonville. He should be on the field against the Redskins on Sunday.

Topics: Injury Report, San Diego Chargers

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  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson
  • supersurge619er

    King Dunlap is kinda scaring me already he’s kinda reminding me of jarred gaither “kinda” I don’t wana jynx nothing but when he’s healthy he’s solid I just hope this guy can stay healthy .

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      There’s a difference between someone who has a “mystery injury”, and makes no effort to get back on the field right after a huge payday… and someone who suffers two concussions back to back, and DOES make an effort to get back on the field. If you are just saying he might be injury prone, then that’s fair. But, comparing him to Big Lazy is not fair. Not to mention, Dunlap is getting paid WAY less money, so we aren’t going to be financially crippled if he can’t stay healthy. Keep in mind that he plays a very physical position, and Eddie Royal was on & off the field all last year… he is working out pretty good this year though, right? Injuries happen.

      • Joel Ayala

        Good point Pete. Dunlap needs to get well. cuz we have some tuff games coming up. Butler is injury prone.as well.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I agree. I would love to have him in there, but not at the expense of his health. The way I see the Dunlap situation is as follows.

          I am pretty sure TT & McCoy are going for a franchise left tackle in the 2014 draft. Dunlap was a stop gap signing, and was originally signed to “compete” for the job. I don’t think TT really intended him to be the starter, and thought he was probably going to be a solid back-up. The fact that TT brought in multiple LT’s to negotiate, let’s us know this. He was hoping to get a LT in the draft, or a veteran free agent to start (like McKinnie or Starks). Obviously, that didn’t work out, whatsoever. We are actually pretty friggin’ lucky that Dunlap ended up starting, and playing at high level. His contract was nothing compared to any of those guys, and we signed him to a two year deal. I bet we sign a LT who can learn the ropes from Dunlap & Mike Harris next year, until he is ready to take the starting position over. That would be awesome!

          • Stefanie Smith

            Maybe TT was initially suspicious of the guy from all the bad press coming out of Philly. However, the guy has worked hard and tried. Rivers likes him so that is good, as far as I am concerned. I really was wrong about that guy.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            I’m glad you were wrong… I think we all had SOME sort of reservations, too. Glad he’s working out = )

      • Stefanie Smith

        You’re right, Pete. We could say the same thing about Royal, and you know that guy is not faking or just hanging out collecting. Players would let the management know. They definitely let the management know about Gaither. They were really angry with Gaither and had nothing positive to say about him at the end.

        I never knew this or conceived of it, that there are players out there hoping to get guaranteed money and then get released and do it again. There is an article about Haynesworth that quotes Chris Cooley as saying that Haynesworth would brag about it–getting a big bonus and then getting released. Guess there is that kind of person out there.

      • arnie

        I don’t agree at all it’s fair. Concusions are not an injury you can prepare for of fully prevent. The “conclusion test” is a joke. It does not mean a player has recovered, only they are not experiencing “symptoms” of a concussion. The actual concussion can take 6-8 days or weeks, to recover. It ‘s possible for a player to be out for a full year before they should be consider fully recovered. The truth is repeated blows to the head, after getting concussion one never fully recovers. It like having 5 ACL surgeries on your knee, the body can take only so much. Even then knee surgery will only get ou back to 90% at best.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          What I meant by “that’s fair”, is that supersurge619er has a right to be worried that a player might miss a great deal of time at a position we have already been through that scenario with. Perhaps “injury prone” isn’t the right word to use there.
          Basically, If he is saying “Gaither missed a lot of time, and it looks like Dunlap might too.. and, I’m worried about that”… Well, that’s understandable. If he is saying “I’m worried that Dunlap is going to turn into a Big Lazy” I think that is unfair. Especially when you are talking about head trauma, and not a vaginal injury… lol.

    • Sergio Quintero

      King Dunlap has a multiyear deal, and has played hard and well, and he’s tried to get on the field as quickly as possible. He might be an injury prone player like Butler, but he doesn’t sound like a lazy scam artist that Gaither was.

    • blu3ny3llow

      Not even close to Big Lazy….Gaither was cleared to come back and went to get a “second option”…Dunlap had concussions and is already practicing……come on man!!!!

  • shayaaa

    Thoughts on continuing to play J. Troutman instead?

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      No way. Rinehart doesn’t commit as many penalties, but still gives you the same (if not better) performance. Having said that.. I am glad they didn’t cut Troutman in the offseason, like Molk!

      • shayaaa

        Yeah I was suggesting more so since Troutman is younger and Rinehart is on a one year deal. If Troutman is doing well, getting less penalties each game.. it may not be a bad idea for him to grow into his own. How big of a drop off is it talent wise?

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          He might start next year, but who knows?.I say if you have a good player in Rinehart you keep him. Troutman isn’t going anywhere. He’s only in his second year. The drop off doesn’t seem that bad until you go to Arrowhead, and Mile High, and your rookie guard keeps misjudging the silent count, and jumping offside on critical plays. Those stadiums get LOUD.. lol. One wrong move can be the difference between beating Denver, or losing all momentum. We’ve seen that all year from them.

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