Neither a flip of the calendar nor a move to Los Angeles has been enough for the Chargers to get past their run of bad luck.
Lamp, a highly touted talent out of Western Kentucky, was one of several additions made in hope of finally addressing a problematic offensive line situation. Although a timeline for his recovery has not yet been established, the 23-year-old’s debut season has almost certainly come to an end before it could even begin.
Joining first-round pick Mike Williams, who is expected to miss at least all of training camp with a back issue, he’s now the second of the Chargers’ top draft picks lost to injury this summer.
Lamp being forced to the sidelines could quickly push third-round rookie Dan Feeney into a starting spot at guard. The Indiana product figured to challenge for such a role in camp, perhaps even opposite Lamp on interior, but his candidacy now takes on all the more meaning.
Fielding an improved offensive line remains a priority for the Chargers’ efforts to take pressure off Philip Rivers and allow him to make the most of his weapons in the passing game.
For as much talent as there may have been among the front five in seasons past, the unit is just one of many position groups where injuries have been an issue in establishing any sort of consistency.