NFL.com Third-year tight end Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday’s practice, the team announced. Coach Anthony Lynn originally downplayed the severity of Henry’s injury, per the Orange County Register, only to learn later of the disheartening diagnosis.
The Los Angeles Chargers are a popular pick as an outside-the-box 2018 Super Bowl contender, but one of the NFL’s most cursed teams when it comes to injuries over the past few seasons were hit with a major injury, when promising third year tight end Hunter Henry tore his ACL in practice which will force him to miss the entire 2018 season. Henry was running downfield untouched, when he crumbled to the ground with the knee injury, and while he was first thought to be okay later tests confirmed the ACL tear. The Chargers now have Virgil Green at the top of their tight end depth chart, but the team has apparently put in a call to longtime tight end Antonio Gates, who recently retired from the NFL after a Hall Of Fame caliber fifteen year career. If the Chargers are unable to coax Gates out of retirement, expect them to be very active in attempting to sign a tight end once teams begin trimming rosters by releasing players, we all know how much Philip Rivers uses his tight end in the passing game. Has any team had worse injury luck when it comes to pass catchers over recent years than the Chargers? Star receiver Keenan Allen missed the majority of the 2015 and 2016 seasons with injuries. 2017 first round pick wide receiver Mike Williams only caught 11 passes last season as he was limited due to injuries. Antonio Gates missed time due to injuries, and that’s just the stars, numerous secondary playmakers gave missed significant time over recent seasons due to injuries.