Last week the Chargers lost a heartbreaker in San Diego to the winless Saints. The Saints pulled out the win 35-34, which just so happens to be the same exact score the Raiders beat the Saints in New Orleans. And today the news got worse as they will lose Pro Bowl cornerback Jason Verrett for the season with a torn ACL.
Some of you may remember Verrett had his first career interception in 2014 against the Raiders. It was a game-winning interception, as the Chargers beat the Raiders 31-28 in Oakland that day. It was also the fifth game of an 0-10 to start the season for the Raiders.
Verrett’s rookie season was cut short, but he was a Pro Bowler in 2015.
In order to try and fill the void, the Chargers brought back corner Steve Williams who spent the past two seasons as a reserve corner and who they cut a month ago.
We are just just four games into the season and the Chargers have already been stripped down with one devastating injury after another.
This time last week, the Chargers were placing starting inside linebacker Manti Te’o on injured reserve and replacing him with Raiders practice squad player, Korey Toomer. Fifth round rookie Jatavis Brown is expected to start in place of Te’o at inside linebacker.
A week before that it was starting receiver Keenan Allen and running back Danny Woodhead who headed to IR. Those two losses were after they had already lost running back Branden Oliver, and wide receiver Stevie Johnson, leaving both groups considerably depleted.
The starting wide receivers as Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman while there is Melvin Gordon and rookie Kenneth Farrow at running back.
The losses of tight end Jeff Cumberland and nose tackle Sean Lissemore hurt depth.
It was going to be tough enough for the 1-3 Chargers to come into Oakland to face a 3-1 Raiders team. That task is going to be much tougher with the continuing string of devastating injuries. None more painful than the loss of Verrett who is widely considered one of the best corners in the league.