Philip Rivers loses another weapon, Danny Woodhead out for the year with a torn ACL

For the second week in a row, the Chargers offense has lost one of its biggest weapons.

According to, Danny Woodhead suffered a torn ACL against the Jaguars on Sunday and will miss the rest of the 2016 season. The injury to Woodhead means that Philip Rivers won't have his two top receivers from 2015 for the final 14 games of the season.

The Chargers also suffered a devastating loss in Week 1 when Keenan Allen suffered the same injury as Woodhead and was lost for the season. Woodhead and Allen were No. 1 and No. 2 in receiving yards and receptions for the Chargers last season.

Woodhead led the team with 80 catches for 755 yards in 2015, while Allen, who only played in eight games last year, finished the season with 67 catches for 725 yards.

Despite the ACL injury to both players, the Chargers offense still managed to thrive in Week 2. After Woodhead went down in the first quarter, San Diego would go on to score 31 of their 38 points in a 38-14 win over the Jaguars.

Danny Woodhead tore his ACL in the first quarter. CBS/NFL

Rivers round a new favorite target in free agent signee Travis Benjamin. The former Browns receiver caught six passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars.

Although San Diego was successful without Woodhead, he's going to be tough to replace. Not only did he thrive as a receiver, but he was the Chargers' second leading rusher in 2015. As a matter of fact, before going down with the ACL injury on Sunday, Woodhead had already tallied 27 yards rushing on just three carries against Jacksonville.

With Woodhead out, expect the Chargers to keep feeding Melvin Gordon. The second-year running back carried the ball 24 times for 102 yards against the Jaguars. Both of those numbers were career-highs for Gordon.

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