In a season in which the Chargers have been decimated by injuries, no unit has been hit harder than the team's running back corps.
You can now add another to that list.
Head Coach Mike McCoy announced Monday that Kenneth Farrow will be placed on the Reserve-Injured list with a shoulder injury sustained in the game against Cleveland. It is the same shoulder he banged up and lost almost a month with in the preseason. Farrow ends his season as the team's second leading rusher as the undrafted rookie ran for 192 yards on 60 carries while also catching 13 passes for 70 yards.
Against all odds, Farrow is the fifth Chargers' running back to suffer a major injury.
First it was Branden Oliver, who was lost for the season after tearing his Achilles Tendon in the preseason against the Minnesota Vikings. Next came Danny Woodhead, who tore his ACL in the first quarter Week 2 vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. Melvin Gordon wasn't immune from the bug either as he suffered hip and knee injuries in Week 13 just three yards shy of 1,000 for the season. He remains day-to-day heading into Sunday's season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The running backs couldn't escape injury away from the field either as Dexter McCluster fractured his forearm on Nov. 4 while moving boxes in his apartment. He was placed on the non-football injury list the very next day.
Right now, Ronnie Hillman is the only healthy active running back heading into Week 17's finale. McCoy said the team is planning to call someone up to the 53-man roster, and a prime candidate could be Andre Williams. The third-year pro began the year on the Chargers' active roster after being claimed off waivers, but he's spent the majority of the season on the practice squad.
"In his role, (Williams) has done a nice job," McCoy said. "I think coming into a new system and learning a little more on a week-to-week basis, (we've tried) to give him as much as he can so if they opportunity came up he'll be ready to roll. He's worked hard."