Report: Chargers lose another linebacker

The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting backup Chargers linebacker Jyles Tucker will be put on the injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle he suffered Sunday against the Cardinals.

That is a big problem for the Chargers. They only have three fully healthy linebackers. That’s not good for a team that runs a 3-4 defense.

Expect the Chargers to sign a linebacker this week to help. Also, expect Shawne Merriman to try to do all he can to be ready to play at Oakland on Sunday. He missed Sunday’s’ win over Arizona with a calf injury that kept him out most of the last week’s loss at Seattle. Merriman was warming up before the Arizona game and he looked OK. With another week of rest, he may be fine to play against the Raiders. Larry English will miss the next three weeks with a foot injury.

  • The hamstring injury Oakland standout running back Darren McFadden suffered in the loss to Houston on Sunday will be monitored each day this week. The Raiders still have hope he can play against the Chargers. At this point, the injury isn’t considered as bad as the hamstring injury that kept McFadden out for about two weeks in training camp.