SAN DIEGO — Danny Woodhead was many things to the San Diego Chargers — running back, receiver, leader, hard worker and popular teammate.
Now he’s out for the season, having broken his lower right leg in a 22-10 victory at Buffalo on Sunday.
“He means a lot to the organization,” coach Mike McCoy said Monday. “His love for the game, the way he plays, his love for his teammates, the way he practices, great to be around. He’s one of the first guys in the building. He only knows how to do it one way. He’s a true professional. We’re going to miss him but we’ve got to move on.”
Woodhead was hurt on the first drive Sunday. He was stopped after a 1-yard gain by diving defensive tackle Kyle Williams. Williams hit Woodhead directly in the right ankle, which appeared to twist underneath the player.
Tight end Pitta has surgery, out for season: In Owings Mills, Md., Baltimore tight end Dennis Pitta has undergone surgery to repair a dislocated right hip and is done for the year.
The operation was performed on Monday.
The injury occurred in Sunday’s game against Cleveland, when Pitta went down without being touched and had to be removed from the field on a cart.
It’s the same injury that sidelined Pitta for much of last season.
QB Locker hurtS right wrist: In Nashville, Tenn., Titans quarterback Jake Locker hurt his wrist in Tennessee’s loss to Cincinnati, and coach Ken Whisenhunt says Locker was sore enough at the end of the game the quarterback could barely grip the ball.
Whisenhunt said Locker had an MRI on his right wrist Monday, and whether Locker will be able to play Sunday at Indianapolis only will be known later this week.
The coach says Locker got his wrist caught up underneath him in the 33-7 loss at Cincinnati. Backup Charlie Whitehurst warmed up early in the game, and Whisenhunt says that might have been after Locker was hurt.
CB Hall, S Ihenacho lost for season: In Ashburn, Va., Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall has a ruptured left Achilles and is done for the season.
The Redskins also lost safety Duke Ihenacho for the year with a left foot injury.
The team placed both players on injured reserve Monday. Cornerback Chase Minnifield was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.
Hall and Ihenacho were hurt in Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
C Kelce needs surgery for sports hernia: In Philadelphia, Eagles center Jason Kelce needs surgery for a sports hernia.
Coach Chip Kelly said Monday he did not know how long Kelce would be out, but the normal timetable is around eight weeks.
Kelce was hurt in the Eagles’ 37-34 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
It’s the latest blow to an offensive line that was so stable last season.
Left guard Evan Mathis also hurt his knee against the Jaguars and was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return. He will miss at least six more weeks.
Cassel, Rudolph see specialists: In Eden Prairie, Minn., Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph is scheduled to see a specialist about a muscle injury that forced him out of the game at New Orleans.
Coach Mike Zimmer said Rudolph will visit Tuesday with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. Asked Monday if Rudolph will need surgery, Zimmer said no decision has been made.
The Vikings lost a lot Sunday against the Saints. Rudolph was one of four starters who left the game, including quarterback Matt Cassel, right guard Brandon Fusco and linebacker Chad Greenway. Cassel broke bones in his left foot, Fusco hurt a chest muscle and Greenway aggravated a rib injury.
Nickel cornerback Josh Robinson also departed with a right hamstring injury.
Former LB Harrison hints at return: In Pittsburgh, James Harrison is itching to get back to work. The commute could be an easy one.
The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker posted a thinly veiled message via Instagram on Monday night that hinted at an imminent return to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Harrison signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Steelers on Sept. 5. The team is thin at linebacker after Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones went down with injuries in a win over Carolina.
Harrison tweeted “I’ll give it one more year” while linking to a video in which he asks his two sons if they want him to play football.
They hesitate, but when prompted that if he played for the Steelers he could stay home, his sons answer yes emphatically.