Chargers could be down two defensive starters against the Colts

The San Diego Chargers have an injury problem. They’ve already lost starters Malcom Floyd, Melvin Ingram, Dwight Freeney, and Denario Alexander for the season due to injury. Add to that two more defensive starters find themselves on the injury report.

Both outside linebacker Donald Butler (groin) and inside linebacker Jarrett Johnson (hamstring) did not practice on Friday and are questionable to play on Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts. Johnson leads the team in sacks with three. Butler is second on the team in tackles with 31.

A depleted offensive line gets some help back this week. Tackle King Dunlap and Guard Jeromey Clary are probable after missing last week with a concussion and clavicle injury respectively. The team will be, however,  without guard Chad Rinehart who’s been ruled out for the second week in a row with a toe injury. Rookie tackle D.J Fluker is questionable after he injured his calf when he choke-slammed Raiders’ linebacker Sio Moore.

Defensive back Richard Marshall (groin) is questionable, though the secondary won’t miss his play if he is forced to miss the game. Good news for the secondary is that cornerback Shareece Wright is probable to play after battling a hamstring issue. The Chargers’ secondary has been amongst the worst in the NFL. Not saying Wright will be the savior but he could be the spark the defense, who has only forced two turnovers, needs.

Manti Te’o (foot) is probable as is Ryan Mathews (concussion).