Chiefs vs. Chargers: Joe Barksdale leaves with knee injury
By Matt Conner
The Los Angeles Chargers have lost Joe Barksdale to a knee injury and the team’s right tackle is questionable to return against K.C.
The Los Angeles Chargers will be without their starting right tackle Joe Barksdale for an unknown amount of time after he left with a knee injury against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. Reports say he is questionable to return.
With Barksdale out, the team will turn to the upside of former sixth round choice Sam Tevi, who the Chargers selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Chargers have been dealing with a number of injuries already coming into the season, which is unfortunately par for the course for Philip Rivers and company in recent years. The offseason began with starting tight end Hunter Henry tearing his ACL in practice back in May. The loss of Henry forced the Chargers to reach back and sign Antonio Gates for another season when they were clearly ready to move on.
The Chargers then lost their 1A cornerback in Jason Verrett. The former first round pick has had major trouble staying healthy at the professional level, and when he’s available, he forms the single best corner tandem in the league with Casey Heyward. Unfortunately the two are rarely able to suit up together which means the Chargers are forced to rely on their depth.
The team’s starting guard Forrest Lamp is also out for now although they are hoping to get him back in time. Pass rusher Joey Bosa is also out of the game for the Chargers suffering from a foot injury.