The Los Angeles Chargers just can’t escape the injury bug.
Jason Verrett has had especially bad luck.
A Pro Bowl cornerback in 2015, Verrett has gone down with season-ending injuries in each of the past two seasons — in Week 4 of 2016 and Week 1 of 2017. He reported to training camp in good health, but it didn’t last long.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Verrett suffered a potentially season-ending injury during a conditioning test. That injury? A torn Achilles tendon, the team later confirmed.
It’s a brutal blow for Verrett, who will undergo further testing Saturday.
Chargers continue to have terrible luck with injuries
Verrett would be the second Chargers player to go down with a season-ending injury before the contact portion of training camp even begins. Back in May during OTAs, Hunter Henry, the team’s starter at tight end, went down with a torn ACL during a drill while simply running downfield.
A potential breakout star, Henry has a combined 81 catches for 1,057 yards and 12 touchdowns over his first two seasons as a pro. He missed the last two games of the 2017 season with a lacerated kidney. Now he’s out for all of 2018.
Guys like Mike Williams, Forrest Lamp and Denzel Perryman, among others, all dealt with serious injuries before the 2017 season began while major contributors like Verrett, Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon all endured various injuries in 2016.
As our Frank Schwab wrote in his Chargers preview, “sometimes it seems like there’s a curse on the Chargers.”
Chargers have talent to overcome Verrett’s injury
When Verrett went down last year, young corners like Desmond King and Trevor Williams emerged as reliable players. Not to mention, Casey Hayward is one of the better corners in the league while Jahleel Addae returns at safety alongside first-round draft choice Derwin James, who could prove to be a total steal as the 17th pick.
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