Chargers CB Jason Verrett tears Achilles on first day of camp


Chargers CB Jason Verrett has suffered yet another season-ending injury.

Yeah, we’ve got some bad news in Charger land.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett tore his Achilles on Friday and will miss the 2018 season. Verrett suffered the injury while running during the first conditioning test of training camp.

Tests confirmed that Chargers’ CB Jason Verrett officially tore his Achilles, per source. Done for the season.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 27, 2018

This is the second serious injury for the Chargers, who lost tight end Hunter Henry to a torn ACL at OTAs.

You have to feel bad for Verrett. He has so much talent and it has to be so frustrating to not be able to display that talent. Since being drafted in first round of the 2014 NFL Draft (No. 25 overall), the TCU product will now have missed 55 games, including this year’s set of games. He dealt with a torn labrum his rookie season, a torn ACL suffered in 2016, which took two years to fully recover from after getting a second surgery on the same knee in 2017, and most recently the torn Achilles. These are major injuries and I’m not sure if he’ll be able to physically—and mentally—come back from this.

Fortunately, the Chargers have a ton of depth at cornerback. Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams and Desmond King form a solid trio. Now there won’t be any debate on where to play King, who should continue to see an increase of snaps in the slot. There’s also some potential with second-year pro Michael Davis and undrafted rookies Tony Brown and Brandon Facyson.

It’s still hard to see Verrett, who’s 27 years old, go down again, especially after telling the world that he felt like his old Pro-Bowl self. General manager Tom Telesco had picked up his fifth-year option last offseason, so he’s scheduled to make $8.5 in the final year of his rookie deal.