Chargers lose Hunter Henry to lacerated kidney for rest of the season

ByEric Williams ESPN logo
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Chargers lost one of their top playmakers Tuesday, with the team announcing that tight end Hunter Henryhas beenplaced on season-ending injured reserve with a lacerated kidney.

Henry suffered the injury during last weekend's 30-13 loss the Kansas City Chiefs when K.C. defensive lineman Bennie Logan crushed him on a blindside block after a fumble by running back Austin Ekeler.

Logan received a 15-yard personal foul penalty for unnecessary roughness on the play.

In his second season out of Arkansas, Henry finished his 2017 season with 45 catches for 579 receiving yards and four touchdowns. The Chargers were 7-1 this season in games Henry was targeted at least five times.

Henry took to Twitter on Tuesday evening.

The Chargers used the vacant roster spot created by Henry's absence to add tackle Brett Boyko from the practice squad to the active roster.

With Henry out, veteran tight end Antonio Gates likely will resume his role as the team's No. 1 pass-catching tight end.

The Chargers also have three other tight ends already on the active roster in Sean McGrath, Jeff Cumberland and Sean Culkin, so overall depth at the position should not be a concern.