The Chargers are hoping Charlie Whitehurst can return to San Diego and back up Philip Rivers. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The Chargers bug-a-boo the last couple of seasons has been injuries. Injuries on the offensive line, the defensive line, at running back, at wide receiver, in the secondary, at linebacker, even at long snapper and kicker!
The one position that's stayed healthy is quarterback.
Please don't tell me it's their turn.
On Thursday afternoon, during the first full-squad practice, backup QB Charlie Whitehurst had someone roll up on to his left leg during at 11 on 11 drill. He spent the rest of the day on the sidelines with his knee wrapped in a bunch of ice, then limped to the locker room.
A Chargers official told me they'll re-evaluate on Friday, but aren't too concerned yet. Perhaps they should be. Even if Whitehurst's injury is (hopefully) not serious, he still could miss some practice time. The Chargers only have 2 other quarterbacks on the roster, Philip Rivers and Jarrett Lee, who's an undrafted rookie from L-S-U.
Not having Whitehurst to throw will put an awful lot more stress on their arms, something you don't want to have happen this early in training camp.
I hope A.J. Smith kept Billy Volek's phone number.