The San Diego Chargers just can’t catch a break when it comes to knee injuries this year. The last person to suffer one is linebacker Jatavis Brown, as he left their game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday after sustaining a knee injury.
The injury happened midway through the game and was a very somber moment for the Chargers, who have already several significant knee injuries this season. As the training staff looked at Brown on the field, several of his teammates were kneeling on the ground near him in concern. That being said though, he did manage to walk off the field on his own power.
At this point the extent of the injury is not known, but it’s easy to fear the worst for the young linebacker. If it does end up being serious and he’s forced to miss more time than just the second half of Sunday’s game, it would be a very significant loss for the Chargers.
Brown, a fifth round pick this year out of Akron, has been filling in for the injured Manti Te’o and has been doing an excellent job thus far. He’s even earned high praises from several of his teammates.
“He’s smart. It shows up on the field,” safety Adrian Phillips said of Brown. “He’s one of those players who when he sees it, he reacts. But the film makes him move even faster and slows down the game for him because usually rookies don’t play at the level he’s playing at right now. He’s still got some elevation to do, but it’s showing that he’s not out there lost. His eyes aren’t big. He knows what he’s looking at.”