Chargers LB Manti Te’o to Miss Rest of Season with Torn Achilles

Manti Te'o

Chargers coach Mike McCoy announced today that linebacker Manti Te’o will miss the rest of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon.

Te’o, a fourth-year linebacker from Notre Dame, was hurt in Sunday’s 26-22 loss at Indianapolis.

The Chargers (1-2) have lost a big-name player for the season in each of their three games. Wide receiver Keenan Allen tore his right ACL in the season-opening loss at Kansas City and running back Danny Woodhead suffered the same injury in a home victory against Jacksonville.

McCoy calls it “a shame. It’s another one of those guys you feel for, the way he’s worked, what he’s done, what he means to our organization.”

Te’o was hoping to have a big season. He was selected as one of the team’s captains after leading the Chargers with 107 tackles last season.

Late Letdown by Chargers Leads to 26-22 Setback to Colts

San Diego Chargers v Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck missed T.Y. Hilton on one critical play Sunday. The Colts quarterback didn’t make the same mistake again.

On his second chance, Luck threw a perfect strike to Hilton with 1:17 to play, and the Pro Bowl receiver spun out of a tackle and zig-zagged 63 yards down the field to give Indianapolis a 26-22 victory over San Diego.

Just 35 seconds earlier, Luck tried the same play with Hilton on fourth-and-7 but an off-target throw forced Hilton to spin around for an 8-yard catch on fourth-and-7. The next time, Luck got it right.

“It was the same sort of play and I kind of missed him,” Luck said, referring to the fourth-down throw. “So I came back to him and this time I hit him in stride.”

Hilton took care of the rest.

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Chargers vs Colts NFL Week Three Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Chargers and Colts

Chargers

Antonio Gates (TE)
Jahleel Addae (S)
Ryan Carrethers (DT)
Joey Bosa (DE)
Joshua Perry (LB)

Colts

Darius Butler (CB)
Patrick Robinson (CB)
Donte Moncrief (WR)
Devin Street (WR)
T.Y. McGill (DT)

Chargers at Colts NFL Week Three Capsule

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (1-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-2)

SERIES

  CHARGERS COLTS
SERIES LEADER 16-9  
STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCoy: 1-0 Chuck Pagano: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 38-14 vs. Jacksonville L 34-20 at Denver
LAST GAME 10/14/13: Colts 9 at Chargers 19. San Diego QB Philip Rivers throws for 237 yards & TD. Chargers WR Keenan Allen has 9 catches for 107 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/10: Chargers 36, Colts 14. San Diego RB Mike Tolbert rushes for 103 yards & TD. Chargers S Eric Weddle and LB Kevin Burnett each record INT-TD.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST CBS (4:25 PM ET) Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 112 (SD), 81 (Ind). XM: 382 (SD), 225 (Ind).

STATS

PASSING Philip Rivers: 42-60-463-5 (T2L)-0-120.3 (3L) Andrew Luck: 52-87-582-5 (T2L)-1-94.1
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 38-159-4.2-3 (T1L) Frank Gore: 27-103-3.8-0
RECEIVING Travis Benjamin: 13-147-11.3-2 T.Y. Hilton: 10-120-12.0-0
OFFENSE 372.5 351.5
TAKE/GIVE +3 -1
DEFENSE 400.5 424.0
SACKS Melvin Ingram: 2 Zach Kerr, Erik Walden: 1
INTs Casey Hayward: 2 (T1L) Darius Butler: 1
PUNTING Drew Kaser (R): 39.0 Pat McAfee: 52.6
KICKING Josh Lambo: 17 (8/8 PAT; 3/4 FG) Adam Vinatieri: 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/4 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: QB PHILIP RIVERS has won past 2 starts vs. Ind. & has 100.4 rating. Since 2008, has 35,222 pass yards, 2nd most in NFL. Has 5 TDs, 0 INTs & leads AFC with 120.3 rating…RB MELVIN GORDON ties for NFL lead with 3 rush TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…TE ANTONIO GATES ranks 2nd in NFL history among TEs with 105 rec. TDs. Had TD catch last week & is 2nd TE in NFL history to record TD catch in 14 consecutive seasons. Is only TE in NFL history with 100+ rec. TDs with team. WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN had 6 catches for 115 yards & 2 TDs (45 & 6 yards) last week. Has 4 career 100-yard games & 3 games with 2+ rec. TDs. WR TYRELL WILLIAMS had 44-yard TD catch last week, his 2nd career TD catch…CB BRANDON FLOWERS (15) & LB MANTI TE’O (14) lead team in tackles. CB CASEY HAYWARD had 2 INTs last week. LB MELVIN INGRAM has 8.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 7, incl. 2 sacks & FF last week…COLTS: QB ANDREW LUCK has 110.4 rating in past 2 at home, completing 52 of 83 (62.7 pct.) for 637 yards with 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs…RB FRANK GORE rushed for 158 yards & TD (52 yards) in last game vs. SD (12/20/14 with SF). Leads active players with 12,143 rush yards. Had TD catch in Week 2. RB ROBERT TURBIN had rush TD last week, his 1st with Ind…Since 2014, WR T.Y. HILTON is averaging 16.1 yards per catch, best mark in NFL (min. 150 catches). Has 5 rec. TDs in past 7 at home. 3 of past 7 catches at home for TE JACK DOYLE have resulted in TD…DE ROBERT MATHIS ranks 4th among active NFL players with 118 sacks. Is tied for 1st among active NFL players with 47 def. FFs. Has 4 sacks in past 4 vs. SD (incl. playoffs). LB ERIK WALDEN has 3 sacks in past 4 home games. DE KENDALL LANGFORD has sack in 4 of past 6 at home. S MIKE ADAMS has 7 INTs (1 TD) in past 14 at home. DT ZACH KERR had sack last week. CB DARIUS BUTLER had INT in Week 2…K ADAM VINATIERI is 3rd in NFL history with 507 FG.

Chargers Sign Former Titans and Chiefs RB Dexter McCluster

Dexter McCluster
The Chargers have inked former Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs running back Dexter McCluster, a player that could help in the run game with the loss of Danny Woodhead.

McCluster makes sense for the Chargers because of his familiarity with the team’s offensive scheme from his time with the Titans when San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt served as that team’s head coach.

And like Woodhead, McCluster is a change-of-pace back who can be used in passing situations and in the return game.

The Chargers lost Woodhead for the season, placing the 31-year-old veteran on the injured reserve after he suffered an ACL injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.

Chargers Slam Jaguars 38-14 in Home Opener

Jacksonville Jaguars v San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers couldn’t help but saying it in the locker room at halftime.

“It’s kind of funny, isn’t it, up 21 again.”

Unlike a week earlier, the San Diego Chargers didn’t turn a three-touchdown lead into a soul-crushing loss. They added on, beating the mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars 38-14 Sunday.

Rivers matched his career high with four touchdown passes, including two to Travis Benjamin, and Melvin Gordon ran for one score and had his first 100-yard game.

The Chargers (1-1) bounced back from their stunning loss at Kansas City, when they blew a 21-point third-quarter lead and fell 33-27 in overtime.

“It was huge. I’m glad it happened again right away,” Rivers said. “It was good for us mentally to get that put to bed that in the sense, `When we’re up 21, guys, we’re going to win,’ instead of that, `Oh, we’re hanging on.’ ”

The Jaguars started 0-2 for the fourth time in five seasons. They crossed midfield only six times and committed three turnovers.

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Chargers WR Keenan Allen Done for the Year After MRI Shows Torn ACL

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Chargers wide out Keenan Allen is done for the season, as the Adam Schefter of ESPN announced via Twitter today that Allen has a Torn ACL, and will miss the rest of 2016.

It’s a huge blow to the Chargers, who seemed never to be the same on Sunday after the injury, as they blew a huge opening day lead to the Chiefs in an eventual opening day AFC West loss in KC.

Chargers Blow Huge Lead; Fall to Chiefs in OT 33-27

San Diego Chargers v Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith squirmed out of the pile in the end zone, got to his feet and let out a roar.

All it took was the largest comeback in the 56-year history of the Kansas City Chiefs for the stoic quarterback with the California cool to finally let some emotion show.

Smith threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns to rally his team from a three-touchdown hole, then scored on third-and-goal on the first possession of overtime for a heart-stopping 33-27 victory over the San Diego Chargers in their season opener Sunday.

“Lot of emotion at the end of the game,” Smith said with a smile.

The Chiefs trailed 24-3 in the second half before mounting their charge, and it really kicked into gear when Smith hit Jeremy Maclin with a back-shoulder fade to get within 27-17 with 9 minutes to go.

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