Seau to have Surgery After Season

Chargers linebacker Junior Seau will have surgery at the end of the season to remove bone spurs from his left ankle. Pain and swelling to the injured ankle have limited his practice time since.

Junior Seau has missed three practices this week and has been on and off the practice field for more than a month. Every week, Sunday rolls around and he is on the field despite the pain. He provides an emotional spark to his team. He leads by example. His teammates know he is hurting, yet every week the pain is ignored and Seau is on the field.

Seau suffered the injury in a win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 22nd. He played the next week against New England but missed two of the next three games and half of another.

"When you're playing with a handicap, knowing that you're going to have to have surgery at the end of the season, it's definitely something that you look at and say, well, you've just got to persevere through it," said Seau. "That's what we're trying to do here."

Seau, who was voted to his 12th consecutive Pro Bowl Thursday, ranks second on the team with 79 tackles. He has started the past seven games but who knows how long he can continue to tear up his body. Now the playoffs are within reach, and Seau will not sit idly by.

"I might have two or three more years left, but I don't have much time. Junior, Raylee – we have to make it work now. We have to make it happen. It's critical. It's so critical right now. This can really change this organization. It can change the city of San Diego, us making the playoffs," said safety Rodney Harrison who is also banged up.

It is clear that they can no longer continue to wait for next season every year.

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