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“Next man up,” is the message Chargers head coach Mike McCoy repeats in regards to the string of injuries the team has sustained this year, including the loss of running back Danny Woodhead in Sunday’s win against the Buffalo Bills. Photo by Tony Cagala
“Next man up,” is the message Chargers head coach Mike McCoy repeats in regards to the string of injuries the team has sustained this year, including the loss of running back Danny Woodhead in Sunday’s win against the Buffalo Bills. Photo by Tony Cagala
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Chargers waiting for the ‘next man up’

SAN DIEGO — As of Friday, the Chargers hadn’t yet named anyone or announced any decision on how to replace running back Danny Woodhead.

Woodhead was placed on the injured reserve list and will be done for the rest of the season following a broken fibula during the first few plays of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Head coach Mike McCoy said he and general manager Tom Telesco would be discussing decisions over the roster in regards to replacing Woodhead.

McCoy said they’ll be losing a lot with Woodhead out for the season.

“It’s not just on the field we’re going to miss, we’re going him off the field,” McCoy said. “It’s a brutal business, and it’s tough and injuries are part of the game unfortunately, but, it means so much to him.

“That’s the toughest thing. When you see a guy like Danny that works so hard and puts so much time in his craft and what it means to him to play in the NFL…it’s because of the way he works.”

A couple of guys will have to step up for Woodhead, Chargers defensive back Eric Weddle said on Monday. “Next man up,” that’s been the message emanating from the Chargers locker room since then and since the beginning of the season in regards to injuries.

That message is coming from the top down, Weddle said.

“Everyone’s got to be ready. When you made this team it’s an eye on the future and an eye on being able to play, and you wouldn’t have been here if they don’t think you can step in and play at a high level and play where the starter is,” Weddle said.

“We feel comfortable at our depth – the guys that need to come in and play, they’re going to have to. If they don’t then the next guy will be up.”

You’ll never run out of “next guys up,” McCoy said. “No one’s going to feel sorry for us on Sunday. So we’re going to play the best 46 guys we have and it’s your job as coaches to put players in a position to be successful,” he said.

McCoy said he was pleased with the team’s overall performance in the 22-10 win over the Bills.

“But we’ve got a lot of little things we can clean up to even play better this week coming up,” McCoy said.

The team is preparing for the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.