SAN DIEGO, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Week 2 was brutal for running back health in the NFL.
The Minnesota Vikings could be without Adrian Peterson for an extended amount of time after his Sunday Night Football leg injury. Now the San Diego Chargers will be without one of its most dynamic weapons for the rest of the season.
A week after losing wide receiver Keenan Allen for the year, the Chargers learned it would be without running back Danny Woodhead until next year.
Woodhead tore his ACL Sunday, in the Chargers' Week 2 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Woodhead was having a solid 2016 campaign, with 151 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown through two games.
The 31-year-old dynamic playmaker was injured when his leg was caught underneath his body after a big hit in the first quarter Sunday from Telvin Smith. He dropped the ball immediately and was down on the turf for a while before being carted off the field and into the locker room. The Chargers are awaiting Monday's official MRI results, but are "pretty certain" of the injury, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Chargers awaiting official MRI results but they are "pretty certain" RB Danny Woodhead tore his ACL, per source. https://t.co/qSeIi6P4A6— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 19, 2016
Woodhead sprained his ankle during training camp but said he was 100 percent heading into the season.
Woodhead is a free agent next season. The San Diego Chargers' running back landscape now leans heavily on a somewhat unproven Melvin Gordon. Expect Gordon to continue to put up solid RB2 numbers this season and to be in the game more on third downs. The injury to Woodhead, while very unfortunate, does add value to the second year running back. I think it pushes Gordon more into a consistent spot as a high-end RB2, rather than making him an every week RB1.