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Chargers lose TE Jeff Cumberland and OL Donavon Clark for season

Both players suffered season-ending injuries in the preseason game against the Cardinals.

It's often said that the real victory in a preseason game is to come out of it healthy and injury-free.

In that sense, the Chargers lost on Friday night, even though the score -- a 19-3 win over the Arizona Cardinals -- indicates a different outcome.

Tight end Jeff Cumberland and rookie offensive lineman Donavon Clark were both carted off the field at Qualcomm Stadium Friday -- an Achilles injury and ACL injury, respectively -- and will miss the remainder of the season, head coach Mike McCoy confirmed Saturday.

“Unfortunately, both Jeff and Donavon are going to be done for the year,” he said.  “Jeff had the Achilles injury in the game, and it’s unfortunate.  You just love the way -- being a new player -- he came in, and you saw the way he was coming on at the stadium, Fan Fest and the way he’s been working through really understanding the system.  Spending the offseason playing fast.  You saw his speed and the way we were going to be able to use him. The way he played in the first preseason games. It’s unfortunate.  Running downfield it just went on him.  That’s a tough one.”

Cumberland had been signed to a one-year contract with the Chargers in April, after spending six seasons with the New York Jets.

Clark, who was selected by San Diego in the seventh round of this year's draft, had shown poise and improvement through training camp before being hit with the ACL injury.

“That’s a tough one,” McCoy said.  “[Donavon] worked so hard.  Donavon was a young player who was getting better in the games.  Last week in Tennessee and this week, you saw things he was doing on game day that was better than he had been doing in practice. You saw him developing.”

The Chargers are off Sunday before returning to practice at Chargers Park on Monday.

 


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