Skip to content

Chargers place Luis Castillo on injured reserve

Luis Castillo AP

The Chargers are through waiting for defensive end Luis Castillo to make it back from a fractured leg.

Castillo, who was injured in the season opener, was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. The team held out hope that he would be able to make it back for the stretch run, but coach Norv Turner said that his rehab hasn’t progressed quickly enough for the team to keep holding a roster spot for him. The Chargers signed defensive lineman Damik Scafe to take his place on the roster.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune wonders whether this is the end of Castillo’s run with the Chargers. The 2005 first-round pick has three years left on a contract that he signed in 2008, but Acee points out that he’s missed time with injury and thinks the team might choose to go with younger players at the position.Castillo is due to make $3.9 million next year with a $1 million roster bonus.

Acee might have more inside information about the Chargers’ view of Castillo — although that could be rendered moot by changes to the coaching staff and/or front office in the offseason — but it is hard to see why the team would drop Castillo. He had injury issues in 2006 and 2007, but missed just three games in the last three years. A fractured leg is hardly a sign of any chronic injury risk and the team has clearly missed his production on the line this season.

Permalink 7 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Injuries, Rumor Mill, San Diego Chargers
7 Responses to “Chargers place Luis Castillo on injured reserve”
  1. NoRespect says: Dec 7, 2011 2:06 PM

    For a second I thought Andy Reid finally got rid of his DC.

  2. sbxxix says: Dec 7, 2011 2:25 PM

    He should take steroids again to heal from his injury like he did when he came out of Northwestern

  3. sbxxix says: Dec 7, 2011 2:26 PM

    He should take steroids again to heal from his injury like he did when he came out of college

  4. oside760 says: Dec 7, 2011 2:51 PM

    i never even liked castillo anyway from day 1

  5. ambitoos says: Dec 7, 2011 3:01 PM

    This team has no loyalty to they’re vets. That’s why the players hate AJ Smith. In recent years his constant changes have hurt this team and benifited other teams. Example, Brees, Sproles and many more. There is no stability and the younger players that he brings in have been busts. Example, Buster Davis and Larry English. Keep Castillo because you know what you have and no guaratees what you’ll get.

  6. yevrag3535 says: Dec 7, 2011 3:52 PM

    Cut him and fire his dad !!!!

  7. cobrala2 says: Dec 7, 2011 3:58 PM

    That is the Juan Castillo on the Juan team to be cut!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!