The Los Angeles Chargers 2022 season has been derailed by injuries. Specifically, on the defensive side of the ball, they have lost several key players for the season. They have now added another to the list.

In Week 9, Chargers defensive tackle Austin Johnson went down with an injury. The extent of the injury has now been disclosed.

Via The Athletic’s Daniel Popper:

“Austin Johnson has an MCL injury and fractured knee, per Brandon Staley. He is out for the season.”

A fractured knee and MCL injury will keep Johnson out for the season.

Austin Johnson, who signed with the Chargers during the off-season, has been a key contributor along their defensive front. Over eight games, he has recorded 22 total tackles, three tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, and one total sack.

The Chargers defense has struggled to stay healthy this season. Earlier in the season. star cornerback J.C. Jackson was ruled out for the season with a knee injury as well.

Edge rusher Joey Bosa, who suffered a groin injury earlier in the season, is still yet to return to the field. He is expected out for at least another month.

The injury to Johnson is just the latest to this Chargers team. On offense, Mike Williams is still sidelined with a high ankle sprain and Keenan Allen is sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Even amid the injury bug impacting their season, the Chargers led by quarterback Justin Herbert, sit at 5-3 and are in second place in the AFC West.

Once this team is healthy, they could be a Super Bowl contender. But at the moment, injuries are the one thing holding them back.