KANSAS CITY — The NFL loves to declare that “football is family.” What happened on the Chargers sideline Saturday night likely isn’t what the league imagined.
Late in the third quarter of an eventual 30-13 loss to Kansas City, safety Adrian Phillips injured his ankle after his right leg got pinned under quarterback Alex Smith. He was able to limp to the medical tent — but when he got there, he wasn’t alone. His wife, Camille, had come down from the stands to check on him.
“They let her down,” Phillips said afterward. “A lot of people think she just jumped it, but she was going to jump it regardless. But they ended up letting her down.
“She was concerned. I’m her husband, she cares for me and nobody wants to see their significant other injured like that, especially on the ground for that long. She just wanted to make sure I was OK.”
Adrian Phillips wife is me in ‘96 when hubby tore his patella on #MNF with Eagles…Shoot…As soon as that cart came out I was on my way to the locker room 🤦🏽♀️💔🙏🏽 #jumpthestands #TryToStopMe #ThatsMyMan #PlayersWifePerogative #crazyfootballmomma #FineMe #Chargers pic.twitter.com/rjnwc9C9aO
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) December 17, 2017
Phillips declined to elaborate on the severity of his injury, but he eventually returned to the field and played on 79 percent of the Chargers’ overall defensive snaps. The rest of his teammates weren’t as lucky.
Relatively healthy through the first 14 weeks, the Chargers (7-7) had entered the weekend with just one player listed as questionable — cornerback Casey Hayward, who played every snap despite a calf injury.
At Arrowhead Stadium, however, their injury list grew on almost every drive. Linebacker Denzel Perryman was the first, injuring his hamstring after playing 23 snaps. Perryman had already missed the first eight games of the regular season recovering from ankle surgery, and his absence allowed Kansas City running back Kareem…