The Chargers announced Monday that Danny Woodhead suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. There was hope that Woodhead had suffered a mere MCL sprain, which would have allowed him to return at some point this season. However, further testing revealed the precise diagnosis and its season-ending nature. Losing their second premier receiver in as many weeks, Philip Rivers will likely trust even more in Antonio Gates, Travis Benjamin, and Tyrell Williams in the passing attack.
Woodhead is slated for additional tests on his right knee Monday, at which point the Chargers will clarify the running back's status. Once the Chargers' medical staff does its due diligence, an accompanying prognosis should be clarified. At the moment, the team hopes that Woodhead merely suffered a sprained MCL, according to Alex Marvez of Sports Illustrated, which would likely ensure a return at some point this season.
Woodhead (right knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars. After he was tackled in awkward fashion at the conclusion of a reception in the first quarter, Woodhead was unable to walk off the field under his own power and promptly took a cart to the locker room. An official diagnosis has yet to emerge, but the Chargers will seemingly lose another top pass-catcher for an extended period.
Woodhead is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Jaguars due to a right knee injury, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The hits keep coming in San Diego. Already down two wide receivers in Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson with serious knee injuries, the Chargers may be without their top pass-catcher out of the backfield. Upon an awkward tackle in the first quarter, Woodhead required assistance from the training staff to walk off the field and was carted to the locker room. Although the severity of the injury will be known in due time, the running back corps has been whittled down to three active bodies in Melvin Gordon, Kenneth Farrow, and Derek Watt.
Woodhead rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries and added five catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to Kansas City. The 89 yards rushing were the most by a Charger since Donald Brown's 90 yards in Week 7 of last season. While his exploits as a runner might be his strong suit of his Week 1, his receiving ability will likely be his primary contribution to the team in the remaining 15 games. Woodhead's 80 receptions led the team last season as they spent half the year without star receiver Keenan Allen. With Allen potentially gone for the remainder of 2016, expect Woodhead to be a top candidate to lead the team in receptions again.
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