San Diego Chargers guard Orlando Franklin was a surprise addition to the team’s injury report on Saturday, being listed as questionable for Week 2 with a neck injury.
The Chargers will face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and if Franklin is unable to go, it would be a big loss. The Chargers blocked well in Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, allowing Philip Rivers to be sacked just one time while facilitating a running game that put up 155 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
If Franklin can’t go against the Jaguars, it’s likely that rookie Spencer Pulley would start at left guard. But Franklin was a standout performer in Week 1, blocking well in the running game and rushing to protect Rivers when a Chiefs defender got in his face after one play.
Franklin signed a five-year, $36.5 million contract last season and has a cap hit of $7.2 million this season. Franklin missed six games due to injury last season. His only other time missed was a single game in 2013, and he’s played a full 16-game season three times since being drafted in the second round in 2011.
The Chargers started the season with a loss after blowing an early lead over the rival Chiefs. With all of the Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos looking good in Week 1, the Chargers need to get back to their winning ways sooner rather than later.