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

By Ernie Padaon

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

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!