With only four days into training camp, the Los Angeles Chargers are already dealing with a potential serious injury to one of their players.
According to ESPN’s Eric Williams, Chargers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp had to be carted off the practice field after injuring his right leg. Lamp suffered the injury blocking on a zone stretch play, per Williams.
If Lamp’s injury is serious, this will be a significant loss for a team that desperately needed to improve the offensive line (a line that ranked 32nd and 31st in the NFL the last two years, respectively, per Pro Football Focus). The Chargers signed left tackle Russell Okung and drafted Lamp and offensive guard Dan Feeney in the offseason.
Lamp, who was taken in the second round by the Chargers, was considered one of the biggest steals in the draft. According to PFF, Lamp allowed just three sacks, nine hits, 18 hurries and 31 pressures from 1,622 pass-blocking snaps over the last three years at Western Kentucky.
Lamp, who has the versatility to play tackle, was reportedly seeing some first-team reps at right guard in camp. Luckily, the Chargers have depth on the interior with Feeney (who’s been getting first-team reps at both center and guard), veteran Matt Slauson, Spencer Pulley, Donavon Clark and Max Tuerk.
Wide receiver Mike Williams, the Chargers’ first-round pick, is also on the shelf due to a herniated disc in his lower back. Hopefully, the injury to Lamp isn’t too serious.
Either way, the Chargers are getting off to an unlucky start with their rookies.