It wouldn’t be a week in the NFL without a major injury to the San Diego Chargers. Nick Dzubnar is the latest to go down.
The backup linebacker and core special-teamer has been shut down for the year with a torn ACL, which he suffered in a non-contact situation in the fourth quarter of the team’s Week 4 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He’ll now head for reconstructive knee surgery in hopes of returning for next season, which will mark his third in the NFL.
Dzubnar, 25, played in each of his first 20 games with the Chargers since signing with the team as an undrafted free agent from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. In four games this season, he had 6 total tackles.
He is the latest Chargers player to be shut down for the year. San Diego has placed a player on injured reserve after all five games this season, with four of those players suffering torn ACLs. The five players to go to IR so far are wide receiver Keenan Allen, running back Danny Woodhead, inside linebacker Manti Te’o, cornerback Jason Verrett and now Dzubnar.
The roster spot cleared by Dzubnar’s injury went to defensive lineman Damion Square, who spent four weeks suspended under the league’s substance abuse policy.