Injuries are really starting to pile up for the Los Angeles Chargers.
For those who did not hear the latest injury bug news, Chargers center Mike Pouncey is the latest player on the team to be put on injured reserve. Pouncey suffered the injury in last week’s embarrassing loss to the (then) 0-4 Denver Broncos. The Chargers offense never even scored a touchdown.
Pouncey joins eight other players on the team’s injured reserve list, which includes 2018 Pro Bowlers Derwin James and Adrian Philips. That list also does not include left tackle Russel Okung who does not appear to be returning soon.
There is the injury bug and then the injury virus that can hospitalize a patient. The Chargers appear to be more of the latter.
With so many additional injuries on top of the season-ending ones, such as tight end Hunter Henry’s knee or kicker Michael Badgley‘s groin, it seems almost shocking the Chargers are 2-3 so far this season. As much as many doubters may think, the Bolts are still very much in this season.
That said, how many injuries is too much to overcome? Also when some players come back, how good can they really be? Physically as well as mental injuries take a toll on a player. When Joey Bosa came back from his injury last year, it took him a few games to get back to his usual play.
There are reasons to be optimistic; however, it appears like a daunting task.
Even if the Chargers get some players like Henry and James back, are they good enough to even make the postseason? If so, can they make some headway? Only time with tell; however, there seem to be more questions than answers surrounding this team.