Three Chargers players — running back LaDanian Tomlinson, center Nick Hardwick, and defensive lineman Travis Johnson — are out for Sunday’s game.
Another member of the team will be out for the entire year.
In a surprising move, the Chargers have placed defensive tackle Jamal Williams on injured reserve, with a triceps injury.
The team announced the move moments ago.
Williams had been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens, due to an elbow injury.
Defensive end Andre Coleman has been elevated from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
A 12-year veteran, Williams has been a fixture on the Chargers defensive line for a decade.
The move creates a gaping hole in the center of the team’s 3-4 defense. With Johnson out, the only other defensive tackle listed on the roster is Ogemdi Nwagbuo.
No available free agents are coming to mind (other than 4-3 tackle William Joseph), so the Chargers might have to swing a trade. Even then, those large (to put it kindly) men who clog the middle are precious commodities.