Oakland’s offensive line can breathe easier knowing that one of the best pass rushers in the NFL in the 00′s will be out of the San Diego Chargers lineup for quite some time.
Dwight Freeney left the game with a quad injury in the second quarter and the veteran pass-rusher may not be able to return this season. Pro Football Talk reported that a first reading of the MRI revealed Freeney tore his quad tendon and that there will be a second opinion after further evaluation of the film.
If the reading says the same, Freeney will be at serious risk of missing the rest of the season and potentially his career as the veteran is 34 years old this season.
Freeney has only recorded a half-sack so far this season, but he’s provided solid pressure while playing 75% of the snaps and the Chargers don’t have too many other options on the line when it comes to pass rushers with the type of skill that Freeney has. His loss will be huge for the Chargers going forward should the original diagnosis of a torn quad remain.
If Freeney is out for the season it will be a sad way to see one of the games most threatening pass rushers of the past decade leave the game under injury. During his time with the Indianapolis Colts there weren’t many defensive ends who possessed the strength and speed to beat offensive linemen than Freeney. Blessed with an arsenal of spin moves and rips/swims, Freeney terrorized opposing quarterbacks before moving away from playing DE in 2011 with that trademark explosiveness slipping him away. The league will miss a veteran like Freeney if he doesn’t return in 2013 and the Chargers defense will miss him the most as one of the veterans brought in to bolster the pass rush is on the verge of hitting the IR unless things change drastically.