Head coach Mike McCoy won’t know what his starting offensive line will look like health-wise until later this week. Tackle Chris Hairston (ankle) and center Chris Watt (concussion) suffered injuries against the Pittsburgh Steelers that forced them to leave the game.
Starting left tackle King Dunlap (concussion) and left guard Orlando Franklin (ankle) might not be healthy enough to make it on the field against the Packers. San Diego finished with a patchwork offensive line against the Steelers that included starting right tackle Joe Barksdale moving over to left tackle, recent addition J.D. Walton at left guard, Trevor Robinson at center, D.J. Fluker at right guard and Kenny Wiggins at right tackle.
McCoy said the coaching staff will spend less time reviewing Monday’s loss against Pittsburgh so they can focus more on the Packers. Players had the day off Tuesday, with injured players checking in at Chargers Park for treatment and rehabilitation.
McCoy said the team will travel on Friday like they regularly do when they travel back East for a road contest.
According to ESPN’s NFL Football Power Index, Green Bay has a 78 percent chance to win. The Chargers fell to 2-3 with the disheartening loss to the Steelers. In 2014, no team that had a losing record after five games made it to the postseason.
“You’ve got to understand what’s at stake every week,” McCoy said. “We’ve got to clean up the mistakes that were made. But we’ve got to worry about ourselves, No. 1. We can only control what we can control on Sundays.
“We can’t worry about everybody else. We’ve got to go out there and put great plans together as a staff, go out and execute as players. It’s about being 1-0 every week. And that’s never going to change here.”
McCoy understands his defense will have to have a plan for talented Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The California product ended his streak of 586 straight passes at Lambeau Field without an interception, throwing a pair of picks in a win over the St. Louis Rams last week.
Through five games, Rodgers has completed 70.6 percent of his passes for 1,236 yards, with 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
“He’s a phenomenal football player,” McCoy said. “He does it all, with his ability to make plays when they’re not there. He can make any throw, whether it’s just dropping back and beating blitz, bad body throws, throwing back across the field -- he can do it all. He’s a special player.”