The Los Angeles Chargers selected cornerback Jason Verrett 25th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. A Pro Bowl selection in 2015, Verrett has earned every thing that he’s accomplished in his career the hard way.
The 2018 season was supposed to be a welcome back celebration for the 27-year-old, but it looks like an injury during Chargers training camp could end yet another season for Verrett.
The Chargers fear Verrett suffered a torn Achilles during Friday’s conditioning test, which, if an MRI reveals it is a complete tear, will end yet another season for the fifth-year player.
“It’s just something that I had to deal with,” Verrett told reporters back in June. “I hate that I had to have the injuries that I had, but it’s going to be special when I bounce back this year.”
In 2014, Verrett tore his left labrum in week six of his rookie season — he played two more games, but ultimately was placed on injured reserve.
After his Pro Bowl season in 2015, Verrett suffered a partially torn ACL early in October the following season, which ended year three. Then in 2017, Verrett required another knee surgery, and he was lost for the year once more.
Yet again, Verrett appears to be done for the season.
Coming out of high school, Jason Verrett had no major scholarship offers and decided to attend a junior college before ultimately transferring to TCU.
The first-round pick out of Texas Christian University was a 2013 first-team All-American, and was twice named an All-Big 12 performer with the Horned Frogs.
The Chargers have dealt with Verrett’s injuries in the past, but they had the potential to have the league’s premier secondary in a competitive AFC West division.
Casey Hayward is a two-time second team All-Pro, undrafted Penn State graduate Trevor Williams developed into one of the AFC’s better cornerbacks in Verrett’s absence the last two years, and nickel corner Desmond King led all NFL corners with 4.0 sacks last year.
Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram apply pressure with the best in the league, and the Chargers secondary capitalizes on mistakes better than most teams — the Chargers finished tied for sixth in the NFL with 18 interceptions and had the third-best turnover margin at plus-12 in the NFL last year.
Losing Verrett once again is a tough pill to swallow for an up-and-coming Chargers defense.
The Chargers already lost tight end Hunter Henry was lost for the season with a torn ACL on the first day of OTAs, and another season-ending injury sends an eerie chill down the backs of Bolts fans.
Brutal luck for the Chargers, who hoped to kick off a healthy season with a light conditioning test, but instead are left with more holes to fill.