At this point it’s like hearing a broken record. The Chargers have to be one of the unluckiest teams when it comes to health as they get again face another season with injuries. Upon the return of training camps, it was reported that star safety Derwin James was lost for the season. Then during Sunday’s Home Opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, linebacker Drue Tranquill suffered a season-ending injury as well. Thursday afternoon another report surfaced that center Mike Pouncey who was ruled out from Week 1 will not get to suit up this season.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 17, 2020
Pouncey did not get to play in the Chargers’ first game of the year due to a hip injury that will require surgery. The offensive lineman also missed the final 11 games of last season after undergoing neck surgery. Fellow teammate, Dan Feeney, started at center in the opener and looks to remain there for the rest of the season in Pouncey’s absence. Forrest Lamp will likely get the chance to fill in at left guard with Feeney’s move. With the move of Pouncey to the IR, fullback Gabe Nabers was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.
It’s never a great sign for teams to deal with as many injuries early on in the season as the Chargers are dealing with right now. Losing not one, not two, but three starters who were key to the success of this season is a big blow to a team with much to prove to the rest of the NFL.