San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) is helped off the field by the training staff and head coach Mike McCoy. Woodhead suffered a knee injury and did not return. Photo by Bill Reilly
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Woodhead out for the season; Chargers get first win

SAN DIEGO — Danny Woodhead’s torn ACL leaves the Chargers without another of its core players for the season.

Woodhead, 31, the team’s most senior running back, tore the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his right knee after catching a short pass and turning up field in the first quarter of the Chargers home opening win 38-14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He was placed on injured reserve Monday, joining teammate and wide receiver Keenan Allen, who was lost to the season with the same injury during week one in Kansas City in a play against the Chiefs.

Also on Sunday, cornerback Jahleel Addae fractured his left clavicle while making a play.

Addae was having surgery to repair the fracture on Monday, according to Chargers head coach Mike McCoy.

As for the string of injuries, McCoy said it was an opportunity for somebody else to step up.

Replacing Woodhead’s productivity, on and off the field for the team, will be tough, he said. “It’s a shame that this happened. But I’ll promise you one thing, Danny will be back stronger than ever.”

With Woodhead’s recent injury, the Chargers now have 14 players on the injured/reserve list this season. It’s uncertain yet what Addae’s status will be following his surgery.

Injuries have become commonplace with the Chargers, which McCoy, when asked why that was, said he didn’t have an answer for. “I wish I did,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate. It’s happened an awful lot here the past couple of years, but we’re not going to complain. We’re not going to make excuses for anything. We’ve got a job to do and we’ll go out there Sunday, just like we did last week,” McCoy said.

Despite losing more key personnel, McCoy said he was pleased with all three phases of the team’s win against the Jaguars, calling it an “efficient win.”

“We played an outstanding game,” McCoy said.

His next challenge — besides filling the holes left by injured players — is to begin preparing for next Sunday’s match up against the 0-2 Colts in Indianapolis.

The organization announced a roster move on Monday, signing former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Griff Whalen.

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) comes out of the locker room at half time. Photo by Bill ReillyJacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles passes downfield against the San Diego Chargers. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) runs the ball during the Chargers home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te’o (50) tackles Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas (80). Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) looks down field as he runs the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny (51). Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) celebrates with the offensive line after scoring a touchdown. Photo by Bill ReillyLos Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) celebrates a sack of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy motions to one of the officials. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) looks downfield for an open receiver. Photo by Bill ReillyMembers of the Armed Forces support the display of the field size America flag. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin (12) and Tyrell Williams (16) celebrate a catch for a first down and goal to go during Sunday’s home opener. Photo by Bill ReillyA member of the Charger girls performs at commercial break during the San Diego Chargers White Hot Sunday home opener. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers fans support their team during the home opener. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers fans celebrate touchdown number three against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the Chargers home opener. Photo by Bill ReillySan Diego Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin (12) scores a touchdown. Photo by Bill Reilly

 

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