San Diego seems to get hit with the injury bug every year. Seven weeks in, the Bolts are already banged up at several key positions in 2011. Here are their latest injury updates heading into their Monday night showdown against division-rival Kansas City Chiefs.
Chargers G Kris Dielman Has Seizure on Team Flight
Reports of Dielman’s seizure have been hitting the news wires today. The incident reportedly occurred on the team’s flight home Sunday from New York.
The Pro-Bowl left guard has already been ruled out against Kansas City on Monday, and his return will be uncertain in subsequent weeks.
The left side of San Diego’s line on the injury report is a major concern. Without Dielman and McNeil both healthy, expect Philip Rivers to continue to have trouble finding receivers downfield, knowing that his protection is not top-notch.
OLB Larry English Out for the Season...Again
Hope for Larry English to finally live up to his first-round selection in 2009 this season was dashed today when he was put on injured reserve with a left-foot injury.
Health issues have been keeping English off the field for his entire three-year career. His legs have been a concern, needing two surgeries the last couple seasons. He had started off 2011 healthy and had some success, notching 3.5 sacks in seven contests.
English has one factor working for him as he tries to validate his first-round contract—youth. While he has been unlucky with injuries, he has shown flashes of consistent play and still has a few seasons left on his deal. The Chargers organization will certainly give him all the opportunities to maintain a starting role in 2012.
LT Marcus McNeil Hurt, but Not Out
Reports surfaced on Monday stating that the Chargers Pro-Bowl left tackle would be sidelined with a neck injury for the Monday night clash with the Kansas City Chiefs.
A potential neck injury has to be a concern for the Bolts, especially when it's to the protector of Philip River’s blindside. The last thing Norv Turner’s squad needs is another injury to one of their core players. Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson have already missed several games; this offensive attack has yet to be 100-percent all year.
However, reports have been negated today. McNeil should be ready to go for Monday. Thus far, there has been no further mention of the severity of his injury. This situation will be monitored until Monday’s kickoff.