The Chargers will be without Russell Okung on Sunday for the season opener. Fortunately, the Colts will be missing a key defensive lineman.
The Chargers will trot out their new and, uhh, improved offensive line this Sunday as they host the Indianapolis Colts. All expected starters will take their spots, though it sounds like Forrest Lamp will rotate with either Dan Feeney or Michael Schofield. As it currently stands, Lamp is technically the reserve right guard on the depth chart.
For better or worse, that’s the starting five for the home opener. In a game expected to be close, the Chargers could use a little break on offense.
Turns out, the streak of good fortune (they do also have bad luck so far) continues, as defensive end Jabaal Sheard will be forced to miss the game as he tries to come back from a procedure on his knee.
Sheard has played two seasons with the Colts, and has racked up over 100 tackles, 11 sacks, 27 quarterback hits, and seven passes defended in 32 games. He’s been a quietly consistent contributor for the team, and a veteran presence on a rising defense. Without him, the team will turn to free agent acquisition Justin Houston, who has no shortage of history of playing the Chargers.
When you’re a team who has won just one season opener since 2013, down a starting left tackle, missing the franchise back, and without an All-Pro on defense, any lucky break is welcome. The Chargers will still have to figure out a way to score to win this one, but it should be much easier without Sheard.