Was San Diego's Monday Night Win Over Oakland Raiders a Pyrrhic Victory?

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Was San Diego's Monday Night Win Over Oakland Raiders a Pyrrhic Victory?

The Chargers announced today that starting NT Jamal Williams has been placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season for an elbow injury he suffered against the Oakland Raiders, in San Diego's Monday Night win.

Williams is arguably San Diego's most important defensive-player that holds up the San Diego defensive line in order to free-up the linebackers like Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips. 

Losing Williams can have a negative ripple effect, in which opponents can focus more attention on the hobbled Merriman, which could lead to another injury for the linebacker.

Starting defensive end, Travis Johnson, has also been hobbled by injuries incurred against the Raiders.

Anyone who watched that game would know that the Raiders looked, overall, better than the Chargers, but let one slip away at the last minute.

The Chargers, though, were dominated physically for most of the game.

I honestly don't gloat when players get hurt, but the fact is, when starters get hurt, teams often struggle.

The question though is this: Was the win a Pyrrhic Victory?  A Pyrrhic victory is a victory with devastating cost to the victor.

Injury report for San Diego's practices:

DNP = Did not participate in practice
LP = Limited Participation in Practice
FP = Full Participation
Full Participation = 100% of a player's normal repetitions
Limited Participation = Less than 100% of a players normal repetitions
Out = Player will not play
Doubtful = 25% chance a player will play
Questionable = 50% chance a player will play
Probable = 75% chance a player will play
Vasquez, Louis G Knee DNP DNP - -
Williams, Jamal DT Arm DNP LP - -
Applewhite, Antwan OLB Hamstring DNP DNP - -
Hardwick, Nick C Ankle DNP DNP - -
Scifres, Mike P Groin - LP - -
Tomlinson, LaDainian RB Ankle DNP DNP - -
McNeill, Marcus T Hand DNP FP - -
Johnson, Travis DE-DT Groin DNP DNP -

 

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