Los Angeles Chargers All-Pro Placed on Injured Reserve With Heart Issue

The Los Angeles Chargers will be without one of their leaders on offense for at least four weeks. NFL Network's Bridget Condon reports the team is placing All-Pro center Corey Linsley on injured reserve due to a non-emergent heart issue.

Linsley appeared in every single offensive snap over the Chargers' first three games before showing up on this week's injury report with an illness. The Chargers rank fifth in points scored with 28.7 per game, second in yards gained with 416.7 per game, and first in total giveaways with one lost fumble.

Though any ailment that includes mention of the heart is certainly eyebrow-raising, Linsley's condition being described as non-emergent suggests it isn't necessarily serious. It's possible he'll be able to return following a mandatory four-game absence without any long-term concerns.

Linsley has been one of the league's true stars at center since 2020. That was the year he made first-team All-Pro with the Green Bay Packers. That earned him a five-year, $62.5 million deal with the Chargers in free agency in March of 2021. He made a Pro Bowl in 2021 and had another productive season in 2022, earning a 74.2 overall grade from Pro Football Focus for his 14 starts.

Linsley's absence will likely be a blow for a 1-2 Chargers team entering a crucial stretch of their schedule. Over their next three games, they face AFC West rivals the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, as well as an NFC powerhouse in the Dallas Cowboys. The Chargers scored 16.3 points per game and finished 1-2 over Linsley's three missed starts in 2022.

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