First it was 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams with a back injury. Now the Los Angeles Chargers will be without 2nd round pick Forrest Lamp. Lamp severely injured his ACL in his right knee at practice Wednesday. He is expected to miss the entire season, after the team had big hopes that he could fill a need on the offensive line.
Injury Update: Guard Forrest Lamp has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 2, 2017
Lamp has been the talk of a possible long-term solution at right guard and has been working with the starters. He was pulling on a simple running play when he suffered the injury. The young guard was carted off the field.
This is the second blow to the 2017 draft class. One of Williams’ disk herniated earlier in the summer and rumors started about his progress. Fortunately for the Chargers, he may be able to play this season as long as he rest and rehabs. Both players progress towards being NFL game ready have yield results thus far.
The Chargers do, however, have some players coming back from injury. Cornerback Jason Verrett should come back later this week of the PUP list. Also, receiver Dontrelle Inman has been practicing lightly this week. He is coming of a hernia surgery during the offseason.
Los Angeles struggled last season with injuries, with one of the more crucial coming from the Week 1 injury to Keenan Allen. But time after time, the Chargers find some way to bring the pieces together. If they can, the way they play will make a statement to the AFC West. This is assuming if they can close games out this season and also avoid other major injuries. L.A. has their first preseason game August 13 at home against the Seattle Seahawks.