Jason Verrett has kept close over the 10 days, standing on the sideline during games and on the field during practices, a gesture of support for teammates while sidelined to injury.
On Monday, the Chargers cornerback was on the practice field again.
He won’t be Wednesday. Instead, he’ll take the next step to ensure that, come 2017, he’ll be with them in earnest.
Verrett is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament, sources said Monday. He’ll be the latest Chargers player to do so. Inside linebacker Nick Dzubnar did so Monday morning in San Diego. Wide receiver Keenan Allen and running back Danny Woodhead had the procedure done in September.
San Diego saw four players suffer ACL tears in the first four weeks of its regular season.
By comparison, center Doug Legursky was the franchise’s only such regular-season injury in the previous two seasons combined. John Spanos, president of football operations, said that the Chargers’ next annual, offseason injury study will be “more in-depth and thorough than ever before.”
Allen tore his ACL in Week 1 against the Chiefs.
Woodhead suffered his in Week 2 versus the Jaguars. Verrett’s came sometime in either Week 2 or Week 3 against the Colts; he played through it until after Week 4. Dzubnar’s occurred in non-contact fashion in Week 4 versus New Orleans. He attempted to play through it before being shut down after not facing the Raiders in Week 5.
There is little silver lining to this injury rash.
That said, the recovery from an ACL tear can be complicated if a player suffers other ligament or cartilage damage. In all four cases, sources have described the ACL tears as fairly “clean,” helping provide optimism for the outlook ahead.