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San Diego Chargers say that Dwight Freeney has suffered a torn quadriceps

Eric Edholm
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This season has felt like a bad game of one step forward, one back for the San Diego Chargers.

Coming off a strong, team-centric victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the news on injured pass rusher Dwight Freeney isn't good.

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Chargers GM Tom Telesco said Monday that pass rusher Dwight Freeney has a torn quadriceps, although the timetable for his potential return is not known. The team has yet to decide on whether to place Freeney on injured reserve.

The competitive Chargers, who look re-energized under new head coach Mike McCoy, can't seem to buy a break. In Week 1, they saw the tides turn in a late loss to the Texans at home, and in Week 3 the Titans turned the tables on them. After Sunday's big win, the Freeney news hits hard on a defense that already was dealing with a light deck in terms of manpower.

Likely to replace Freeney would be Larry English, Jarret Johnson and Tourek Williams. Freeney had only one-half sack this season, but he was supplying pressure — he leads the Chargers in hurries and QB hits — in a nearly full-time role with the team. Remember, Melvin Ingram is on the shelf for the entire season already.

We also have to wonder what becomes of Freeney's career, if the news is true. He's 34 and will be coming off a major injury that will require the next several months, and perhaps beyond, to rehabilitate. Could this be the end? It's far too soon to say that, but it's at least a topic of discussion.

One that Freeney and the 2-2 Chargers hate to have to entertain.

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