Published: September 16th, 2009 | Tags: Antonio Freeman, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Jay Cutler, Jim Mora, LaDainian Tomlinson, Louis Vasquez, Mike Martz, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Nick Hardwick, Percy Harvin, San Diego Chargers, Steve Smith, willie parker
The Chargers’ and Raiders’ Monday night game was a smash-‘em-up, old-school kind of game, reminiscent of their AFL days. The kind that leaves a mark on the field and the injury report. Chargers center Nick Hardwick hurt his ankle, and right guard Louis Vasquez injured his knee. RB LaDainian Tomlinson was also held out of the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.
Chargers general manager A.J. Smith told the San Diego Union Tribune that he hopes the team has enough depth to weather the storm.
- “There’s all kinds of things going through my mind,” Smith said. “That was a tough, physical game We got whooped upside down physically. We’re just trying to make our way through some of these things for the big picture.”
Hardwick and Vasquez will miss at least one day of practice this week, but could be ready for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. (MORE)
Other stories around the Web on a Wednesday:
- Sweet nothings: Shutouts have been a rare NFL treat.
- Is the Texans’ opening-week loss a good omen for Houston?
- NFL Network analysts Mike Martz and Jim Mora have openly questioned the leadership of Bears QB Jay Cutler.
- Vikings rookie receiver Percy Harvin gets step-by-step tutorial from former Packer Antonio Freeman.
- The Patriots won ugly on Monday night. But the team certainly has a lot of issues.
- Is it time to panic about Steelers RB Willie Parker, Panthers WR Steve Smith and others?