COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Healthy for the most part this season, the Los Angeles Chargers could be without their starting right tackle Joe Barksdale for a third straight week.
Barksdale has been dealing with turf toe all season and has missed the past two games for the Chargers.
The LSU product was a full participant in practice this week and trending toward making his way back to the field this Sunday. However, Barksdale said he suffered a setback toward the end of practice on Thursday that forced him to miss Friday’s practice.
Barksdale was seen wearing a walking boot on Friday during the early portion of practice open to reporters. If Barksdale can’t play, Michael Schofield will likely make his third straight start, and fourth of the season.
However, Barksdale’s hopeful with some rest over the next two days that he can play.
Barksdale said he talked with head coach Anthony Lynn about the injury and has been talking with veteran tight end Antonio Gates about how to manage the injury over the duration of a long season.
“I do expect him to be available, but you never know,” Lynn said. “Those foot injuries could be tricky.”
Before this season, Barksdale had missed just one game in his first two years with the Chargers, but already has missed three games this season due to the lingering foot injury.
“It’s part of the job,” Barksdale said. “It’s a 100 percent injury rate.”
Along with Barksdale, starting middle linebacker Hayes Pullard is listed as questionable. Pullard was a limited participant for a third straight practice due to a neck injury.
If Pullard can’t play against his former team in the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday, then Denzel Perryman or Jatavis Brown could get the start at middle linebacker for the Chargers.
Lynn said Barksdale and Pullard are game-time decisions.
“It’s Lynn’s decision,” Pullard said. “I pretty much want to be protected, obviously, for the long run rather than get out there just for one game.”