The Chargers just got Melvin Ingram back at practice this week, but that wasn’t enough to turn the tide on the spate of injuries they’ve had at linebacker this season.
Jarret Johnson had surgery on his left hand earlier this week after injuring it in last Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. He’s wearing a cast and there’s no timetable for a return for a player who has spent much of the season battling a hamstring injury that kept him out of a few games.
“It’s by far my toughest year personally,” Johnson said, via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. “It’s frustrating. It’s tough when the team needs help and you can’t help. I’ve never been through anything like it. … Everybody’s got to pull their weight, and you’re standing and watching. It’s frustrating. Hopefully, I’ll get to a position where I can help and pull my weight because I’m definitely not pulling my weight now.”
Gehlken reports that Johnson tried to pull his weight on Wednesday by giving a speech to the rest of the defense about their unacceptable recent efforts. Turning things around would be easier if Johnson (and Ingram and Dwight Freeney and Larry English) was healthy, but one does what they can with a busted hand and balky hamstring.