Injuries Continue to Wreak Havoc on Chargers

Injuries are taking a bite out of San Diego's linebacker corps. After placing Melvin Ingram on IR (designated to return) on Saturday, Manti Te'o fractured his foot in Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills. It is Te'o's third foot injury and is expected to sideline him several weeks. Now, the Chargers must adjust.

The injury to Te'o gives more ammo to the critics who believe Tom Telesco reached by trading up for him in the second round of the 2013 draft. It is his third foot injury, putting him on the fast track to the Chargers Hall of Pain (other entrants include Larry English and Buster Davis).

Te'o has shown steady improvement since being thrust into the starting lineup as a rookie. He has not authored many of the big plays that became his signature in college, although he did split a sack with Dwight Freeney in Buffalo.

Telesco prepared well for this scenario, signing former Indianapolis Colt Kavell Conner to a three-year deal last offseason. Conner has started 36 games in his career, including 27 between 2011-2012.

On the outside, the Chargers are finally making a move to fill Melvin Ingram's spot on the 53-man roster by calling up Cordarro Law off the practice squad. Law, who spent the last two seasons in the CFL, shined in the preseason with 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.

Law is the second CFL import on San Diego's roster, joining WR Dontrelle Inman.

"The way Melvin came off the injury last year, the way he worked to get back to where he was -- he had an outstanding game two weeks ago -- he's worked extremely hard to get back to where he was," Mike McCoy said. "It’s tough ... a tough decision we had to make [to put him on temporary IR]. It's unfortunate, given the way he played against Seattle. But he has the right mindset, too. He has the same mindset as last year that he'll be back; he can't get here soon enough."

The injuries to Ingram and Te'o mean bigger roles for Tourek Williams (sixth round, 2013) and Andrew Gachkar (seventh round, 2011), respectively. Which shows that -- often times -- late-round picks are as important as their early-round counterparts.

Lightning Quicks

--First, the Chargers lost Option A (Ryan Mathews) and Option B (Danny Woodhead). Now, the team has lost its Plan B, as well. Plan B, of course, was calling up Marion Grice off the practice squad. That went out the window on Monday when Grice agreed to a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Yes, the same Cardinals who claimed Thomas Keiser off waivers earlier this season. Both Grice and Keiser could come in really handy right now.

"It's a brutal business. It's tough and injuries are part of the game," McCoy said.



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