The San Diego Chargers fell to the Baltimore Ravens, 29-26 in a heartbreaking loss on Sunday, but in addition to losing in the box score, the team’s injury report took a beating as well. Twelve players left the field due to injury at some point in the game, not counting the numerous others entering the contest with ailments of their own.
Perhaps the most decimated group among all the Bolts’ stricken players has been the offensive line, and Sunday was no different. King Dunlap went down on just the second scrimmage play of the game. Offensive tackle Chris Hairston also went down, which made things difficult for the patchwork line to find any level of consistency.
It’s been the story of the season thus far.
“You can highlight that one,” said head coach Mike McCoy. “Twelve guys at some point came out. It was just one thing after another, so you just have to keep on adjusting. With special teams, all the substitutions you have to do and then changing people around, we did the best we could there. I’ve never been in anything like it with that many guys going down in the game.”
Antonio Gates missed last week’s loss to the Oakland Raiders with an MCL injury, but managed to play against Baltimore. The anomaly of so many players going down was not lost on the veteran tight end.
“It is so crazy where you’re losing players left and right,” he said. “But I give a lot of credit to the guys who’ve had to step in and replace them.”
The loss brings the Chargers to 2-6 and in fourth place in the AFC West. At this point, the playoffs are a longshot for a team that had high hopes coming in. They next take on the Chicago Bears at home.
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