The much-awaited return of Vincent Jackson to the Chargers offense finally happened. Two plays later, it was over. Done.
Jackson, who sat out the first seven games of the season due to a contract dispute and the last three while serving a suspension, started Sunday night’s contest against the Indianapolis Colts and was on the sideline for good by the time the Chargers took their third snap. A “calf injury” was cited as the reason for his unavailability.
In the immediate aftermath of the game, Jackson obviously wanted nothing to do with anyone asking him what happened, referring all questions to a Chargers training staff that by team policy is not allowed to talk to the media. Asked to express whatever disappointment he felt at being sidelined by injury so soon after such a long delay to the start of his season, Jackson simply looked into his locker.
“No,” he finally said. “Thank you.”
“Unfortunately, it’s what happens when you haven’t been going,” said head coach Norv Turner. “His calf, he’s got a strain in it, and he was pretty sore. Hopefully, it’s not a long-term deal and we can get him back.”