Another day, another major injury for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Though the torn ACL of Jaylen Watkins may not be as devastating as the one suffered by Hunter Henry, it’s still tough to digest.
Initial reports state that Watkins, a free-agent signing of the Chargers who played for the Philadelphia Eagles the last three seasons. Watkins had two tackles against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night before going down with the injury.
The Chargers have their starting safeties in Jahleel Addae and first-round pick Derwin James (presumably), but Watkins was expected to be a key reserve. His loss will put the focus on second-year player Rayshawn Jenkins, who has had a good summer.
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Watkins signed a one-year deal with the Chargers in late March after being part of the Super Bowl champion Eagles last season. Originally a fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2014, he spent a season in Buffalo before re-joining the team that drafted him.
He has 56 tackles and eight pass deflections in his career.
Jenkins had just 13 tackles and one pass deflection as a rookie, but will be expected to play a bigger role this season.
The injuries continue to rack up for the Chargers who already lost Henry and Jason Verrett for the season with knee injuries. Undrafted tight end Austin Roberts will also miss this season.
The injuries associated with this team have become a run-on joke, but it’s absolutely unbelievable that things like this keep happening. If there’s ever been a team in NFL history with a stretch of injuries like this.
With all of that said, let’s all hope that Watkins has a successful rehabilitation.