Chargers injury report: Defensive line is in shambles ahead of Week 11

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Albeit in a loss, the LA Chargers defensive line is coming off of arguably the unit's best game of the entire season against the Minnesota Vikings. The Chargers held their own against Dalvin Cook and the running game and were able to get pressure on Kirk Cousins.

The secondary just could not execute when it mattered and was the main problem defensively while the offense could not get anything going.

The Chargers injury report for Week 11 does not indicate that the Bolts are going to have great back-to-back performances from the defensive line as there is a good chance that the defensive line has its worst game of the entire season.

This is obviously less than ideal coming up against a team in the Pittsburgh Steelers that will try and pound the rock with Najee Harris as Mason Rudolph is likely going to play.

Chargers injury report: Only one starting defensive lineman practicing on Wednesday

Want to know just how bad the defensive line is? The LA Chargers had just one traditional starter practicing on the defensive line on Wednesday in Justin Jones.

So where is everyone? You have probably already heard by now that both Joey Bosa and Jerry Tillery were put on the Covid-19 list ahead of Week 11. However, Brandon Staley confirmed that Bosa is unvaccinated and is deemed a close contact that has not yet tested positive.

If Bosa continues to test negative for the next five days then he will be allowed to play in Week 11 against the Steelers. Of course, a positive test could pop up in the coming days and Charger fans just have to cross their fingers that he isn't sick.

Nothing concrete has been confirmed about Linval Joseph, who also did not practice on Wednesday. However, Joseph is obviously in close proximity to the other defensive linemen and has worn masks during his press conferences.

There is a possibility that Joseph is also vaccinated and has been dubbed a close contact like Bosa.

Christian Covington, who has become a key part of the defensive line rotation and has shown some flashes of potential, has also been put on the covid-19 list, although it is unclear if he is an unvaccinated close contact or if he tested positive.

The LA Chargers could essentially run out a practice squad defensive line, which is as worrisome as it sounds. As good as Uchenna Nwosu was last week, he has been far from consistent and there is no guarantee that the same player from Week 10 shows up in Week 11.

Harris could have his way with the running lanes inside and Rudolph could end up having all the time in the world to throw. While he is not a good quarterback, any quarterback that has zero pressure in his face will be able to make something happen.

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It is definitely worrisome, especially considering the Steelers are a team that the Chargers should absolutely beat if they are going to be a playoff team.