San Diego Chargers: Injuries Along the Offensive Line

Doug Pensinger

For the San Diego Chargers and Philip Rivers, it's more of the same from an offensive line that can't seem to stay healthy.

The San Diego Chargers have not had very good luck along their offensive line since 2008, and 2012 is turning out to be more of the same.

At Left Tackle, the San Diego Chargers planned on having Jared Gaither (who was signed after Marcus McNeill was injured in a way that ended his career) as their starter. Since he's played just 4 of their 10 games so far, Mike Harris (an undrafted free agent rookie) is technically the team's starter. Brandyn Dombrowski, who probably should be the guy getting those starts instead of Harris, has been on the Injury Reserve list (with a non-football injury) since the beginning of training camp after doctors found a cyst on/in his foot.

At Left Guard, Rex Hadnot played most of Sunday's game against the Broncos after Tyronne Green (who is only starting because Kris Dielman retired due to injury) injured his hamstring on Wesley Woodyard's interception return. Hadnot is expected to start on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Johnnie Troutman, who still exists, is another injured Guard that can be added to the list despite the fact that the Chargers drafted him knowing that he was facing surgery.

Louis Vasquez also left Sunday's game briefly and is banged up heading into the matchup against the Ravens.

The Chargers offensive line has not been good this season. These injuries have made them worse, and any more would bring them to the brink of disaster (as far as trying to field an actual offensive line). These are the men responsible for keeping Terrell Suggs, 2011's Defensive Player of the Year, away from Philip Rivers.

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