The San Diego Chargers placed wide receiver Stevie Johnson on injured reserve, which was expected. But now another player will join him.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Caplan, the Chargers have placed defensive lineman Sean Lissemore on IR.
#Chargers placed WR Stevie Johnson and DT Sean Lissemore on IR.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 15, 2016
Lissemore, who was acquired by the Chargers in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys in 2013, has missed recent practices including the preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans. Lissemore, 28, missed five games last season and finished with 16 total tackles, the lowest since his rookie year (2010).
Fortunately, the Chargers signed former Seahawk Brandon Mebane in the offseason to be their starting nose tackle. Lissemore, who was considered not the best fit to play nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme, was likely going to be a rotational player at defensive end. Second-year pro Darius Philon’s emergence makes this latest injury not as worrisome.
Unfortunately, the Chargers lack depth at the position. Along with Lissemore, defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi also missed Saturday’s game against the Titans. Damion Square did do a decent job in the game, though, finishing with a sack and a tackle for loss.
The Chargers selected defensive end Joey Bosa in the first round of this year’s draft, but he is currently holding out due to a contract dispute. With Lissemore out, as well as the team giving up 288 total rushing yards against the Titans, the front office should be picking up the phone and calling Bosa immediately.