It’s a familiar problem, but that doesn’t make it any less upsetting for Chargers fans: The injury bug has ravaged the roster from Week 1 and doesn’t show any signs of letting up. San Diego had a whopping 19 players on injured reserve, two more than the next closest team. Keenan Allen, Manti Te’o, Danny Woodhead and Jason Verrett are all out for the year, and breakout rookie tight end Hunter Henry was far from 100% in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.
No. 3 pick Joey Bosa's incredible start and the emergence of a solid WR core in Allen's absence have made San Diego one of the league's most surprisingly entertaining and competitive teams, but depth has undoubtedly played a role in the slew of close losses chaining the Chargers to the AFC West basement. Philip Rivers can’t haul them back into the playoff race alone (though you can be sure he will try), so expect some fingers crossed and breath held every time a starter is slow to get up from here on.