Costly injuries continue to mount in a disappointing, close to lost season for the reeling 2-6 San Diego Chargers.
The team put Keenan Allen on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday, after he suffered a lacerated kidney while making a spectacular catch at the end of the second quarter in Baltimore.
Not only is Allen’s season lost but the Chargers may be as well. The team also placed running back Branden Oliver on IR with a toe injury and announced that linebacker Tourek Williams’ season was over as well. Williams broke his foot in the pre-season opener versus the Cowboys but the team thought highly enough of him to keep him on the active roster. Williams was making progress in his injury and returned to the practice field last week, although in limited capacity.
The Chargers also re-signed backup center J.D. Walton, a sign that Chris Watt, who entered the Ravens game briefly at left guard to replace Chris Hairston (who replaced the injured King Dunlap at left tackle) could miss time with a shoulder injury.
Wide receiver Javonte Herndon and cornerback Greg Ducre were promoted off the practice squad.
If you were wondering why Jacoby Jones was still a part of the team come Monday, you were not alone. And wonder no more as the Chargers finally cut their disappointing punt returner.
The Chargers were on pace for the worst punt return yards in NFL history. One punt yard return. ONE.
Jacoby Jones was signed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal in March to provide a major boost to their return game, but that’s proven to be one of the worst free agent signings of the Tom Telesco era.
In nine games, Jones returned five punts for minus four yards and nine kickoffs for 193 yards, an average of 21.4 yards per return.