A Bye In Mend

In the NFL no team makes it through a season injury free. How a team handles the adversity of team leaders on the sidelines goes a long way in determining that teams fate. The Chargers team has responded and head into a needed bye week with their heads held high.

Perhaps the most important news that came out of Sunday's win in Oakland was the Chargers reported no significant injuries from Sunday's game. After being riddles with injuries that have haunted the Chargers for the past few weeks it was a welcome sight to see an injury report with no new names on it.

Heading into the bye week, Junior Seau and Marcellus Wiley get the extra week off to heal their ailments for the stretch run. Adrian Dingle has filled in well enough for Wiley to be tied for the team lead in sacks and has earned a constant rotation on the defensive line. Zeke Moreno has filled in for Seau and looked the part. The depth the Chargers have is unparalleled.

It does not get easy after the bye as the Bolts face teams rising from the dead in the Jets at home, and then they travel to St. Louis to face the Rams. After those games they will play the 49ers at home and travel to Miami to face the Dolphins, before returning home for division play.

Stephen Alexander will also be back and will provide some much needed depth from the tight end position as well as a pass catching threat. Josh Norman is uncertain after being ruled out of the Oakland game early last week. He is nursing a calf injury.

Rodney Harrison is still on the mend, although he has played the past two weeks. At times he has looked slow and at other times he has delivered the crunching blows we have come to expect.

Rogers Beckett is still feeling the effects of a chest injury and will be relieved to see the extra week off. He was listed as questionable before the Raider game, but played.

Tamarick Vanover also missed Sunday's game with a deep thigh bruise. He needed the week off for his mind as much as his body as he has yet to get things going in the return game. Reche Caldwell and Tim Dwight took his place on special teams this week, and he should be ready to go for the second half of the season.

Having 6 players go on injured reserve this season was no pancake. The injury to Tay Cody has sped up the need for Quentin Jammer to develop. He has had some pains but will get better as he continues to play. An injury to starting center Cory Raymer was thought to have been a huge blow, but rookie Jason Ball has stepped up and played beyond his experience.

This bye week comes at a perfect time. One would say it may hinder their performance as they have been a hot team. The other side of the coin is the Bolts need to be off after a highly emotional game in Oakland where they had not won since Oct. 5th, 1997. We will take heads as Donnie Edwards did to win the coin toss in overtime. The ball is in the Chargers court and they need to put it down for a week and get their minds and bodies ready for a brutal stretch run.

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