The San Diego Chargers picked up the meaningless win in their first preseason game on Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys. The preseason is a great chance for guys to prove they deserve a spot on the roster but it also runs the risk of players being injured. Starters, backups, reserves, and players fighting for a spot are all subject to injuries once everyone is going full speed in a game situation. You can only hope that your guys come enter the regular season at close to full strength.
The Chargers suffered two injuries in the game Thursday. The first was outside linebacker Tourek Williams who left the game with a broken foot. This is a huge blow for the depth at edge rusher heading into the season. While rookie Kyle Emanuel had a great game in his first NFL action, Williams would have gotten time spelling Jeremiah Attaochu and Melvin Ingram at outside linebacker.
The third year player was making headway during OTA’s and offseason workouts and was touted as an early most improved Charger.
The other injury was sustained at another vulnerable position regarding depth. Guard Johnnie Troutman sustained a fractured right arm playing with the 2nd team offensive line. He was battling for the starting job but with D.J Fluker moving to guard, he was almost certain to be moved to backup.
Both players haven’t been put on IR yet and coach Mike McCoy stated to the San Diego Union Tribune that, “We’ll go day-to-day with those guys but they’ll be out for some time. When we have a timetable, we’ll give you more information.”
Tough blow for two guys who were going to play significant roles as backups and provide depth at two important positions the Chargers have struggled with injures.
There is a chance Williams could return relatively early in the season because this injury was sustained so early but you can count on him not being there week 1.
I know it’s the Chargers, but let’s hope they can escape the preseason with no more significant injures!
Chargers will play against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.