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Chargers believe Dwight Freeney tore his quad

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The Chargers defended their home field on Sunday and beat the Cowboys 30-21 to improve to 2-2 on the season, but victory came with a price.

Dwight Freeney left the game with a quad injury in the second quarter and the veteran pass-rusher may not be able to return this season. PFT has learned that a first reading of the MRI is that Freeney has torn his quad tendon and that there will be a second opinion after further evaluation of the film. If that reading says the same, Freeney will be at serious risk of missing the rest of the season.

Freeney signed with the Chargers to bolster their pass rush after linebacker Melvin Ingram tore his ACL in May. Freeney has only recorded a half-sack so far this season, but he’s provided solid pressure while playing three-quarters of the snaps and the Chargers don’t have too many other options on the roster when it comes to applying pressure on quarterbacks. Larry English and Tourek Williams are the next men up at outside linebacker with Ingram on the PUP list in the unlikely event that he’s able to make a rapid enough return from his injury to help the team this season.

If Freeney is done for the year, it might also signal the curtain on his career. He turns 34 in February and his returns have been diminishing for the last three years, which can only be partially attributed to the move away from his familiar defensive end position after the 2011 season. A serious leg injury won’t help on that front any more than it helps the Chargers defense this season.

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19 Responses to “Chargers believe Dwight Freeney tore his quad”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 30, 2013 9:37 AM

    The Chargers season has been placed on IR.

    Choo choo!

  2. zeddicuszorander says: Sep 30, 2013 9:46 AM

    Good morning Joetrollonto!!

    Top of the morning to you!!!

    Missed the end of the Oakland game…’d that turn out for ya?!?!!

  3. jbaxt says: Sep 30, 2013 9:49 AM

    We’re all going streaking down at the quad… Frank the Tank.

  4. kepdogg23 says: Sep 30, 2013 9:57 AM

    Sad way to go out if he is done for good. On behalf of Colts nation….get healthy Dwight.

  5. wearethe0and4steelers says: Sep 30, 2013 10:07 AM

    This why the Colts did not resign you and you sat on the shelf for so long with no body wanting to pay you what you though you were worth

  6. thepftpoet says: Sep 30, 2013 10:22 AM

    That sucks, Chargers defense really needs all the help it can get

  7. chargersdiehard says: Sep 30, 2013 10:25 AM

    Larry english the chance to salvage a career is on line 1. And to think clay mathews was still on the board when aj drafted english…smdh

  8. skinsfolife says: Sep 30, 2013 10:40 AM

    He has always been a classy dude. Too bad he played for such cruddy team in Indy.

  9. xgarcia22 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:51 AM

    Chargers = REBUILDING

  10. icanspeel says: Sep 30, 2013 11:06 AM

    Tough break for the Chargers, although they played better in the 2nd half vs the Cowboys without Freeney for what it is worth.

  11. poormanspoison says: Sep 30, 2013 11:06 AM

    Well there goes that dream of geting to sack manning…

  12. natelan69 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:07 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 30, 2013 9:37 AM
    The Chargers season has been placed on IR.

    Choo choo!


    So, do you think the Raiders will finally have a winning season this year? Is this finally your year to go 9-7 or better??


    Yeah, I didn’t think so.

    Get ready to be smashed by the Chargers (again *yawn*).

  13. joetoronto says: Sep 30, 2013 11:29 AM

    Even though both Charger fans showed up at the same game yesterday, it sure looked like a Cowboys home game.

    Choo choo!

  14. sc5000 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:46 AM

    Lol maybe you shoulda brought back Shaun Phillips. He ballin in Denver! Underrated player. Chargers got burned.

  15. slick50ks says: Sep 30, 2013 12:41 PM

    At least you won’t be in the basement at the end of the year.

    We ALL know who that’ll be.

  16. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:56 PM

    skinsfolife says:

    lol the same team that won a SB and made the playoffs for 15 years, but yr skins….lmao

  17. db3233 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:28 PM

    All the trash talk from Freeney and how he couldn’t wait to hit Manning. It’s unfortunate he won’t be on the field for the thrashing the chargers are going to receive.

  18. sportfan2 says: Oct 1, 2013 7:11 AM

    Freeney has had a nice run I wonder if he will make the Hall?

  19. National Fanatic says: Oct 1, 2013 6:29 PM

    I thought Fran Beltre would be signed (Frank the Tank), but it looks like Thomas Keiser will be Freeny’s replacement.

    Keiser Soze Time!

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