COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Starting offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga was placed on injured reserve by the Los Angeles Chargers on Friday.
Bulaga was battling groin and back injuries throughout training camp. He started at right tackle during last Sunday's opener at Washington, playing 45 snaps before being sidelined early in the third quarter after tweaking his back. He did not practice this week as the Chargers prepare for Sunday's home opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Storm Norton came in for Bulaga last week and is expected to get the start at right tackle. Bulaga will miss a minimum of three games by going on injured reserve.
“I don’t think it’s going to be long term right now. but we felt like the minimum of three is where we wanted to go with it,” coach Brandon Staley said after practice about Bulaga.
Bulaga has been plagued by injuries since signing as a free agent with the Chargers in 2020 after 11 seasons with Green Bay. He missed six games last season and played every offensive snap in only five. In three of the five games he left early, the injury occurred on Los Angeles’ first offensive series.
The Chargers signed offensive lineman Michael Schofield, who played for the franchise from 2017-19, to fill Bulaga's roster spot. Schofield played 49 games, including the playoffs, with 39 starts, in his previous stint with LA. He started all 18 games at right guard in 2018 when the Chargers made the playoffs.
Los Angeles, which is looking to go 2-0 for the first time since 2012, will be without cornerback Chris Harris for Sunday's game. He did not practice all week due to a shoulder injury. Defensive end Justin Jones (calf) is doubtful and safety Nasir Adderley (shoulder) questionable.
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