Multiple injuries may be catching up with Foley

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Oct 14, 2005
San Diego Union-Tribune

Steve Foley warned this day would come.

"There is going to be some point where I miss a game or two," the Chargers veteran linebacker said about 2½ weeks ago.

That point might be here.

Foley yesterday said his injuries – an abdominal strain and bruised pelvic bone – have worsened, and there appears to be a very real chance he will not play tomorrow when the Chargers host Kansas City in a critical AFC West game at Qualcomm Stadium.

Foley said a decision would not be made until tomorrow morning – the Chargers have until 90 minutes before game time to declare him inactive – and he has not ruled out playing. But he's definitely closer than ever to missing a game.

"I really feel bad about not going," he said. "It's a big game for us; this is like a must-win. It's not a situation where I'm going, 'OK, I can sit this one out and the team's got this one.' It's tough, man, it really is. I'll just have to wait till Sunday to see how it is."

Foley isn't the Chargers' only ailing linebacker. Randall Godfrey (neck) and Donnie Edwards (knee) also missed practice time this week, and while both expect to face the Chiefs tomorrow, it seems likely Edwards will have arthroscopic surgery during the team's bye week to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Edwards, the team's leading tackler every year since coming to San Diego in 2002, is expected to face the New York Jets one week from tomorrow before having his knee repaired. Presumably that would enable him to be available for the first game after the bye, Nov. 20 against Buffalo. Edwards has missed only two games in his 10-year NFL career, starting the last 112.

Foley has started every game the past two seasons for the Chargers, but for the first time since suffering his injuries Sept. 25 against the New York Giants, he went through an entire week without practicing. He said his condition worsened after Sunday's game in Philadelphia.

"After the game Sunday I had another MRI and it showed more fluid and inflammation," he said. "The part where it initially started, I felt a lot more pain."

Before that game, Foley said he was "getting to a point where it was starting to feel a little better. . . . I wanted to try to get to the bye week with this thing."

Another concern for Foley is the pain medication that is helping to allow him to play each week. A team doctor told him 2½ weeks ago he could not continue to take the medication indefinitely.

"I actually want to go out there and try to play without doing all the extra stuff that they do to it that's going to allow me to play," Foley said, referring to the medication. "That's something that I can't continue to depend on."

Coach Marty Schottenheimer spoke with Foley for several minutes after practice yesterday and said nothing would be decided until tomorrow. Foley is listed as questionable on the team's official injury report, but so are 10 of his teammates, many of whom are certain to play, so that's of little help.

"He's been playing hurt now for some time," Schottenheimer said. "My approach, as a former player maybe, has always been that nobody knows the player's body like the player. We'll see how he feels on Sunday. Everybody knows their own body and I've never been one to try to play doctor."

Foley was the Chargers' sack leader last season with 10. He is tied with DeQuincy Scott for the team lead through seven games this season, with 2½ sacks each. It's telling, perhaps, that since suffering the injury, Foley has only a half-sack, and he has missed several opportunities.

Asked what's worse, the pain or the limits the injury places on his mobility, Foley said, "It's pretty much both. It's my core. The pain itself, I can't say you can't imagine, but it's a lot of pain. And just the fact that it's not getting better really has a lot to do with it."

Edwards, who has 27 more tackles than any other Charger, injured his knee making a tackle in the first half against Philadelphia but did not come out of the game. He finished with seven tackles. It was the first time this season he did not lead the team in stops, finishing second to Quentin Jammer.

Edwards and Jammer are tied for the team lead with seven passes defensed, and Edwards is second (behind Bhawoh Jue) with two interceptions.


Oct 29, 2005
They need the bye asap to heal up. The schedule's just been crazy. I heard Indy has only faced two winning clubs this year.

With Foley, I wonder how effective he'll be the rest of the year. He's a gamer and gives it all he's got but it seems to have limited his effectiveness this season. If Philips takes his place, this is his chance to shine. He's got pass rush skills. In some ways he reminds me of Raylee Johnson. Johnson didn't start producing for 4 years or so but I hope it doesn't take that long for Philips.

They just have to get Merriman on the field as much as possible though.


FU Spanos and Dundon
Staff member
Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA
We do need the bye badly. But we have the depth to win these next to games against KC and NY. New England has been able to win over the years with injuries and it has allowed them to play their backups a lot which gives them vaulable playing experience.

Same situation with us here in SD. Playing the kids will only help us down the stretch. Merriman has already won the Starting job from Leber. So Lerber can come in and take over for Foley. So can Shaun Philips.

I personnaly love the tandem of Philips and Merriman. Those 2 have super speed and can get constant pressure on the QB.

As far as Indys schedule is concerned, they have a super easy schedule because they play in a fairly weak division. I really think that the schedule makers srewed us this yearing having to play so many teams comng off byes. But that's no excuse for our losses. We had the lead in the game against Pitt and Philly. We just need to finish.