The Los Angeles Chargers’ offense took a major hit on Friday.
The Chargers said they will place All-Pro center Corey Linsley on the injured reserve with a non-emergent heart issue. Linsley played and started the first three games for the Chargers in his 10th NFL season. Linsley said through the team that he was in good spirits and will keep meeting with doctors to get more information.
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Los Angeles Chargers center Corey Linsley jogs back to the locker room after an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, December 18, 2022, in Inglewood, California. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)
Linsley will officially go on IR on Saturday as Los Angeles missed the 4 p.m. ET deadline on Friday. He was already ruled out for Sunday’s AFC West matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Will Clapp is expected to be the starting center for the Chargers for at least the next four games.
The 32-year-old Youngstown, Ohio, native played for the Green Bay Packers for the first seven seasons of his NFL career. He was named a First-Team All-Pro member in 2020. He joined the Chargers in 2021 and earned his first Pro Bowl selection.
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Corey Linsley, #63 of the Los Angeles Chargers, speaks to a reporter after training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on August 5, 2023, in Costa Mesa, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
He’s been tasked to help protect quarterback Justin Herbert.
Herbert went from being sacked 32 times in his rookie season to 31 in 2021. He was sacked 38 times in 2022. The star quarterback did enough to earn some MVP votes last season.
So far this year, he’s been sacked seven times. Los Angeles eked out their first win of the season against the Minnesota Vikings last week.
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Zion Johnson, #77 of the Los Angeles Chargers, Trey Pipkins III, #79 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Corey Linsley, #63 of the Los Angeles Chargers, celebrate after Pipkins' two point conversion during the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on September 17, 2023, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
But without Linsley, it’s not getting easier.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is a senior editor for Fox News Digital.