Brandon Staley informed the media on Monday afternoon that defensive tackle Austin Johnson had fractured his kneecap in addition to an MCL issue. Sadly, Johnson joins a lengthy list of other Chargers players who will miss the whole 2022 season due to injury.
Johnson had 22 total tackles, three tackles for a loss, and a sack through eight games.
In his absence, anticipate Christian Covington and rookie Otito Ogbonnia to receive more snaps. The workload for Jerry Tillery and Morgan Fox may also increase, but both players have proven to be far more effective in circumstances that clearly call for pass rushing than they have in more conventional three-down roles.
As for the injury news, Keenan Allen remains day-to-day with his hamstring while Trey Pipkins is also day-to-day after aggravating his sprained MCL. The latter still has a chance to play this week against the 49ers, per Staley.
Austin Johnson, the first-year Charger was a vital part of the team’s defensive line this season.