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Joe Barksdale continues to toe the line as Chargers offense steps on the gas

Joe Barksdale continues to toe the line as Chargers offense steps on the gas

A lot of factors went into the Chargers’ 24-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, an eternity ago by NFL standards.

Philip Rivers had three passes intercepted on the Chargers’ first four drives, putting the team in a deep hole they could never escape.

Absent from the field that day, starting right tackle Joe Barksdale was just beginning a David vs. Goliath battle with a toe injury — a tiny part of his 320-pound body too painful to allow him to play.

“All injuries are frustrating, but this one is frustrating,” Barksdale said. “Any injury is going to suck — it’s just about how it’s going to suck.”

And this one, it turns out,...

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