They lost three of their starting offensive lineman to injury at one point in the game and the others were playing through injuries of their own.
The first to go down was right guard Orlando Franklin, who the team signed to a five-year $36.5 million contract in the offseason. He was carted off the sideline in the second quarter with a right ankle injury and is set to undergo an MRI on Monday after X-rays showed no fracture.
Next up was center Chris Watt who entered the game questionable with a groin injury, and did not play in the second half because of that injury.
Last was left tackle King Dunlap who suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter, his third since 2013.
Even though those three were the only ones to leave the game for good at one point, other lineman were playing hurt to make up for the team’ thinning depth.
D.J. Fluker, returning after missing a game with an ankle injury suffered Week 1, and right tackle Joe Barksdale were slow to get up after trying to tackle Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway during his 91-yard interception return.
Even reserve Chris Hairston was seen have trouble walking in the locker room after the game after being thrust into duty.
The scene after the game was not a pretty one for the Chargers’ big men up front.
King Dunlap has a concussion. Orlando Franklin on crutches. DJ Fluker can hardly walk.
â Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) September 27, 2015