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The San Diego Chargers couldn’t manage to get out of the first half of their third preseason game of 2016 without losing a couple players to injuries.

Early in the first half, right tackle Joe Barksdale had his leg rolled up on by teammate Orlando Franklin and sustained an unspecified injury to his lower leg. Coach Mike McCoy told the Fox broadcast at halftime that he did not yet know the severity of Barksdale’s injury, but it was encouraging to see him walk off the field on his own power.

Barksdale is incredibly important to the San Diego offensive line, which struggled badly last season. He was probably the lone bright spot, starting all 16 games and proving himself to be one of the NFL’s top right tackles. He was rewarded for his performance with a new four-year contract, and the Chargers will certainly hope his injury isn’t too serious.

Just before the end of the half, backup running back Branden Oliver had his foot stepped on and appeared to suffer a very serious injury to his Achilles. He was eventually carted off the field.

The Chargers still have Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead in the backfield, but Oliver worked nicely as a passing-down back last season and could have played a decent role in the offense had he stayed healthy the whole season. The Chargers didn’t exactly confirm that the Achilles was torn, but it sure looked like it on TV.


Source: CBS Sports / Chargers RB Branden Oliver and tackle Joe Barksdale exit game with injuries