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Chargers send Jamal Williams to IR

Three Chargers players — running back LaDanian Tomlinson, center Nick Hardwick, and defensive lineman Travis Johnson — are out for Sunday’s game.

Another member of the team will be out for the entire year.

In a surprising move, the Chargers have placed defensive tackle Jamal Williams on injured reserve, with a triceps injury.

The team announced the move moments ago.

Williams had been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens, due to an elbow injury.

Defensive end Andre Coleman has been elevated from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

A 12-year veteran, Williams has been a fixture on the Chargers defensive line for a decade.

The move creates a gaping hole in the center of the team’s 3-4 defense.  With Johnson out, the only other defensive tackle listed on the roster is Ogemdi Nwagbuo.

No available free agents are coming to mind (other than 4-3 tackle William Joseph), so the Chargers might have to swing a trade.  Even then, those large (to put it kindly) men who clog the middle are precious commodities.

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15 Responses to “Chargers send Jamal Williams to IR”
  1. rayray says: Sep 19, 2009 4:39 PM

    Chargers going DOWN early….

  2. swervinmervin says: Sep 19, 2009 4:50 PM

    Raiders kicked their a$$ last week. Rare case where the better team lost.

  3. Backinthesaddle says: Sep 19, 2009 4:56 PM

    WOW….the nose tackle. That’s huge. It’s the very foundation of the 3-4.
    Good…I hate the Chargers.

  4. FumbleNuts says: Sep 19, 2009 5:01 PM

    Ravens going to run, and run some more!!!

  5. ragin40 says: Sep 19, 2009 5:25 PM

    Can’t wait till they play the raiders again, they are going to get beat up like Tia tequilla…..

  6. cameron says: Sep 19, 2009 5:26 PM

    season is pretty much over for my chargers.

  7. AlmightyHamSandwich says: Sep 19, 2009 5:26 PM

    Watch the Chargers still make the AFC Championship somehow. Probably on dumb luck and the AFC West being terrible.

  8. Osterhouse says: Sep 19, 2009 5:34 PM

    Ray Rice fantasy num nums

  9. Humboldt420 says: Sep 19, 2009 5:34 PM

    Williams was a stout run stuffer in his prime, but age catches up with us all.
    Could this be the first sign of the unraveling that is the Super Chargers?

  10. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Sep 19, 2009 7:24 PM

    Willams gone is a MAJOR blow to the Chargers.
    Throw in the fact that Merriman can barely run anymore and it “lights out” for them.

  11. Ghost2thePost says: Sep 19, 2009 7:33 PM

    Must have been injured going in to Week 1. Watching the game I was amazed Raiders ran it up the middle so well. Not once did the three blind mice mention Williams and shocking success of first time starter Chris Morris @ center. Sucks to see anyone injured but playing SD just got a whole lot easier.

  12. Plunketthead says: Sep 19, 2009 8:05 PM

    Ive been saying it since Mon night. They got smacked down. They will be lucky to win 6 games.

  13. as big as a hat says: Sep 19, 2009 8:33 PM

    There are at least three reason why Oakland has lost to the Chargers 12 times in a row, and Williams was at least two of them. The Raiders haven’t had a center than can push his fat ass off the ball. Norval is going to have to coax more points out of his offense now.

  14. twinkletoes says: Sep 19, 2009 8:54 PM

    It’s nice to know that it was the Raiders that left their stamp on Williams, Hardwick and Tomlinson. It has been a LONG time since they left that kind of impression on an opponent. They made a solid impression on the rest of the league as well. Shocking.

  15. Junior says: Sep 20, 2009 1:00 AM

    There goes the media darling. Don’t worry, the media will be picking them to go to the Superbowl next year too. Will they never learn??

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