The Los Angeles Chargers—already beat up on the defensive side of the ball—delivered more bad injury news for the team on Wednesday. Promising young tight end Hunter Henry suffered a fractured tibia plateau (knee) on Sunday, and will almost certainly miss Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Chargers expect Henry to be out at least four to six weeks with the injury.
It’s a devastating blow to Henry, who lost his entire 2018 season to a torn ACL suffered during Organized Team Activities. Henry was one of the league’s better tight ends in the previous two years, and he was just starting to look the part again. In the Chargers’ season opener, Henry pulled in four catches for 60 yards.
Now the Chargers will have to rely more heavily upon veteran tight end Virgil Green, who had a single 4-yard catch against the Colts in Week 1. Behind Green on the depth chart is third-year tight end Sean Culkin, who only has one career catch.
Henry’s injury compounds the Chargers’ injury problem. On Wednesday, the team placed cornerback Trevor Williams on injured reserve, and starting No. 2 cornerback Michael Davis is expected to miss time after suffering a hamstring injury in the season opener. The Chargers did sign veteran corner Dontae Johnson to help bring in some healthy bodies, but Johnson didn’t play at all in 2018 and the Chargers are his sixth team since the beginning of the 2018 season.
Throw in left tackle Russell Okung’s illness and safety Derwin James being on injured reserve, and the Chargers—yet again—seem to be on the butt-end of injury luck.