J.C. Jackson out for season; Chargers exploring commerce choices

The Chargers misplaced Professional Bowl cornerback J.C. Jackson for the season Sunday when he ruptured the patellar tendon in his proper knee.

For a crew that has been hit exhausting by damage, the Chargers can exchange Jackson with a participant who has began loads for them.

Veteran Michael Davis took over after Jackson left the sport in opposition to Seattle and, barring any personnel modifications, will return to the beginning lineup when the Chargers resume follow after their off week.

The crew additionally has time to pursue a cornerback with the NFL commerce deadline approaching Nov. 1.

Coach Brandon Staley stated Monday that he and Chargers administration will meet over the approaching days to debate all choices for upgrading an operation that to this point has produced a 4-3 file.

“If those avenues are possible,” Staley stated of wanting outdoors the group, “we’ll definitely explore them.”

In his tenth 12 months as normal supervisor Tom Telesco by no means has made a deadline deal to amass a participant.

However, earlier than March, Telesco additionally by no means had traded something as excessive as a second-round choose for a participant earlier than making the transfer so as to add edge rusher Khalil Mack.

So, maybe in a commerce market that could possibly be lively, Telesco will make extra private historical past.

Chargers extensive receiver Mike Williams grimaces in ache after struggling an ankle damage in opposition to the Seahawks.

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The Chargers additionally could possibly be looking for a large receiver with Mike Williams struggling a high-ankle sprain Sunday in opposition to Seattle. Staley stated Williams’ return “will be a matter of weeks, not days.”

The crew is also coping with the lack of Joshua Palmer, who was unavailable versus the Seahawks as a result of he stays within the NFL’s concussion protocol.

In Week 3, the Chargers misplaced their speediest outdoors risk in Jalen Guyton, who suffered a season-ending knee damage.

Professional Bowl receiver Keenan Allen has been restricted to 45 snaps this 12 months due to a hamstring downside.

Allen returned Sunday and caught two passes for 11 yards within the first half earlier than sitting out the rest of the sport.

Staley stated Allen warmed up effectively however steadily misplaced confidence in his potential to carry out at a vital stage. He stated Allen didn’t undergo a setback in opposition to Seattle.

“As the game progressed throughout that second quarter,” Staley stated, “he just didn’t feel like he could really burst the way he wanted to and didn’t want to risk anything happening to it.”

A season after having a top-five offense in yards and factors, the Chargers typically have sputtered in 2022. They’re eighth in yards and twelfth in factors.

“You can’t compare one year to the next,” Staley stated. “I think that that’s dangerous to say, ‘Oh, well, you’ve regressed.’ Yeah, we’ve regressed compared to what happened last season. But it’s about this season for us and are we doing everything we can to maximize this group.”

Nonetheless, the Chargers have struggled to maneuver the ball with the type of effectivity they did for stretches in 2021. They’re twenty sixth in dashing having produced just one recreation with greater than 81 yards on the bottom.

They’re center of the pack changing third downs at a fee of 40.6% and a less-than-pedestrian seven of 17 on fourth down. Staley famous that his offense has been insufficient, particularly on third and quick.

“I certainly think that the continuity or lack thereof has been a huge factor in what’s happened,” he stated. “I think that’s just normal. But … we make no excuse. You go into every week and try to play the game to the best of your ability with the group that’s out there.”

Chargers coach Brandon Staley and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll shake hands.

Chargers coach Brandon Staley, proper, and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll shake arms after the Chargers’ 37-23 loss Sunday.

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The abundance of absences additionally has restricted the Chargers in explosive-play manufacturing. Regardless of having Justin Herbert and his massive proper arm, this offense has solely eight performs of 35 or extra yards. The Chargers have yielded 13 such performs.

Even with the lingering points and mounting fan unrest, Staley defended the efficiency of offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, praising his efforts whereas managing what Staley known as “many significant adjustments.”

“There’s been a lot of moving parts,” Staley stated. “I think he’s done a good job keeping us together. His experience is something that we lean on because he’s had to go through it as an NFL coach.

“He’s got to make improvements just like the rest of us do. But I know how hard he works. I know the level of preparation, the level of detail. … Just glad that he’s our offensive coordinator.”

And so on.

The Chargers additionally misplaced Chris Rumph II on Sunday, Staley asserting the sting rusher suffered a sprained MCL. Rumph is predicted to overlook a number of weeks, with go rusher being one other place the Chargers might discover in commerce talks.

The crew is with out Professional Bowl defensive finish Joey Bosa, who stays out indefinitely due to a groin damage that occurred in Week 3.