Chargers Head Into Steelers Game With Offensive Line Decimated By Injuries
The Pittsburgh Steelers currently have a very banged up roster as was evidenced by the run down of injuries by head coach Mike Tomlin during his Tuesday press conference, but the San Diego Chargers, who the Steelers will host Sunday at Heinz Field, have a decimated offensive line right now.
In the Chargers loss this past Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals they lost starting right tackle Jeromey Clary to a knee injury, left guard Tyronne Green to a reaggravated hamstring, and left tackle Mike Harris to a high ankle sprain. Head coach Norv Turner said on Monday that he doesn’t expect any of those players to be able to play against the Steelers.
Tackle Kevin Haslam, who was signed off their practice squad just over a week ago, finished the game at right tackle, but might be asked to play left tackle if indeed Harris can\’t play on Sunday. Rex Hadnot replaced Green at left guard and will most likely start there on Sunday.
Because of all the injuries the Chargers were forced to sign guard/center Colin Baxter and guard/tackle Stephen Schilling on Tuesday, and both very well might be forced to dress this weekend. In addition, tackles Charlie Bryant and Kevin Hughes might be needed to be activated off of their practice squad.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was sacked 4 times in the loss to the Bengals and 36 times now on the season.