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Danny Woodhead out for season with torn ACL

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Danny Woodhead #39 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of  a game at Qualcomm Stadium on September 18, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) Getty Images

Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is done for the season with a torn ACL, according to multiple reports.

Woodhead suffered the injury Sunday against the Jaguars when linebacker Telvin Smith hit him in the knee.

It’s a big blow for the Chargers and the second week in a row that they’ve lost a significant part of their offense to a season-ending knee injury. In Week One, San Diego lost wide receiver Keenan Allen.

Melvin Gordon, a second-year running back who is off to a good start this season, will presumably get even more playing time now. Kenneth Farrow will back Gordon up and Andre Williams is the third running back on the Chargers’ depth chart.

The Chargers will likely miss Woodhead more in the passing game than in the running game; last year he had 80 catches for 755 yards and six touchdowns.

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34 Responses to “Danny Woodhead out for season with torn ACL”
  1. sdcharger123 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:54 PM

    So much production lost after just two games. This season sucks already.

  2. thegenghiskahn88 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:56 PM

    Wow…. I absolutely hate injuries

  3. kcchefs58 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:58 PM

    Rivalry aside, this sucks for the Chargers and their fans. Losing two studs within the first two weeks is insane. Hopefully, both come back next year without missing a step.

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:58 PM

    That’s a damn shame Woodhead is a great guy.

  5. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:01 PM

    Oh boy, my fantasy team is going belly-up after 2 weeks.

  6. lscottman3 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:01 PM

    i feel for the guy, reminds me of the welker injury in Houston, no contact and gone.

    injuries do suck.

  7. dumbaseinstien says: Sep 19, 2016 3:02 PM

    Woodhead is an impressive kid. Most didn’t think he had a chance in the NFL.

    Hope he gets better.

  8. Kevin says: Sep 19, 2016 3:03 PM

    Wow! Two years in a row the injury bug has hit SD. And this is two weeks in a row that the injury is an ACL tear. That’s just awful luck. It helps us fans of other AFC West teams, but it’s gotta stink to be a Chargers fan!

  9. gwhite13 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:03 PM

    Bad news, loved that kid. He’s got game.

  10. weepingjebus says: Sep 19, 2016 3:07 PM

    Terrible news, hope he recovers quickly. Still have his Pats jersey and a lot of good memories.

  11. edelmanfanclub says: Sep 19, 2016 3:12 PM

    I feel bad for Rivers. The guy is a champion and they will never put a good enough team around him, and now he is trending towards the decline of his career. What could have been if he stayed in NY and Eli went to SD. I guess Manning was right to force his way out.

  12. kissbillsrings says: Sep 19, 2016 3:13 PM

    Really sorry to hear he is out…. As a Pats fan I really loved the kid…ALL HEART!!!
    Good luck SanDiego…CJ Spiller??

  13. damadhatterb says: Sep 19, 2016 3:14 PM

    Tough loss. Never like seeing players out for the rest of the season.

    I watched 3 quarters of that game before I couldn’t watch anymore and I can say 2 things:
    1. The hit by Telvin Smith to Danny Woodhead was a clean one so this is just an unfortunate scenario.
    2. Rivers/Gordon/rest of the offense didn’t even need Woodhead. If they can continue to play like they did against my Jags, the loss of Woodhead, although disheartening, may not be as big of a crutch.

  14. idiedpretty says: Sep 19, 2016 3:16 PM

    Rival fan here, but I hate this news. Sorry for the loss!

  15. draculalambert says: Sep 19, 2016 3:21 PM

    im quitting fantasy football. I’m done. my entire team has ACLs.

    good bye

  16. unconcernedbutnotindifferent says: Sep 19, 2016 3:23 PM

    Damn shame. He is a really good player and person. He is a high character guy who just does not deserve this. The Chargers offensive line must continue to play well so the next guy up can produce for them. Hope Woodhead returns next season. He is the type of player, hard working role model you want on your team.

  17. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 19, 2016 3:28 PM

    Have the Chargers ever considered moving to Tijuana?

    It would be cheaper, and that’s really their home fan base.

  18. whispersd says: Sep 19, 2016 3:30 PM

    It’s a shame. Woodhead has always been one of my favorite players.

  19. 6ball says: Sep 19, 2016 3:36 PM

    Since I’m not a Chargers fan, I can say that they have suffered an inordinate amount of injuries over the past two years which has been a major factor in their losing record. Last season they were signing street free agents to start on their offensive line.

  20. jvillenole says: Sep 19, 2016 3:45 PM

    Even with one leg, he would have dominated the Jags based on how they played yesterday.
    Shame to see him out.

  21. redsoxu571 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:03 PM

    Even as someone who owns Melvin Gordon in both his fantasy leagues, I have to admit that I’m saddened to hear this news. Woodhead is a great player to look up to, and he seemed to have a terrific rapport with Rivers. Hope he can recover for 2017 and pick up where he left off!

  22. lifetimefan says: Sep 19, 2016 4:17 PM

    I’m a Pats fan and always thought DW was a class act and a valuable player. It sucks to see he and all of the others injured in just the first 2 weeks of the year. The league seems to be having more injuries the past few years and maybe they should look into reasons why? I know it is a violent game but it seems like knees are being injured at an alarming rate.

  23. natelan says: Sep 19, 2016 4:32 PM

    This is so incredibly unreal, all the injuries that my Chargers have had going back several years now. WHAT’S GOING ON?!?!

    Wishing you well, buddy. It’s not your fault. The Chargers are just cursed.


  24. chippysbinky says: Sep 19, 2016 4:43 PM

    Danny Woodhead is a joy to watch and this is a damn shame for him, his teammates and the SD fans all of whom deserve a better fate than being tied to Spanos.

  25. jonwill57 says: Sep 19, 2016 4:47 PM

    Trade for Reggie Bush, sign CJ Spiller. Eagles will send Sproles.

  26. logast says: Sep 19, 2016 4:48 PM

    Woodhead is a fantastic player. Awful for him. I truly was down when the Pats let him walk. Hope for a speedy and full recovery.

  27. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 19, 2016 4:52 PM

    Woodhead is the type of player you love to watch play. Here’s to a full recovery!

  28. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 19, 2016 5:08 PM

    One tough SOB. Sorry he’s hurt.

    These little guys are awesome. Welker, Edleman, Woodhead just to name a few though I’m sure there are more I’m not thinking of at the moment. Pound for pound toughest guys in the league.

    You can bet your last $ Edelman or Woodhead wouldn’t have backed away from their own fumble.

  29. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 19, 2016 5:12 PM

    Bummer chargers fans, sorry to see you’re having so many injuries. Get well soon Woody.

  30. patfanken says: Sep 19, 2016 5:29 PM

    Another Pats fan who will always hold a warm place in his heart for Danny Woodhead. I’m glad he got a good contract with the Chargers as well as an important role. He is a good player.

    Sympathetic for Charger fans, injuries suck, but good teams overcome them…..up to a point. Hopefully this isn’t that point for SD. Great win last week, btw.

  31. dawnpatrol111 says: Sep 19, 2016 5:30 PM

    Cursed by the ‘Q’……again.

  32. imodan says: Sep 19, 2016 7:05 PM

    This kid is a football players player. Here’s to a 100% recovery and look forward to seeing him on the field next season.

  33. purp98 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:26 PM

    Now Melvin Gordon gets the opportunity to show what he can do as a 3 down running back.

  34. sdcharger123 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:31 PM

    Hoping the Chargers sign either C.J. Spillman or Ronnie Hillman. Neither are anywhere close to as good as Woodhead, but it would soften the blow a little to that area of need.

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