Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, who missed two games with an injured hamstring, is expected to play Sunday when the Chargers put their two-game winning streak on the line against the Washington Redskins.
He has been missed. Despite sitting out two games, Johnson is tied for the team lead with three sacks.
''That's huge,'' Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano said of Johnson's return. ''He has that mindset where he's going to set the edge and nothing's going to get outside. The mindset that he is going to knock people back and get the tackle at the next level and that's big.''
Still, the defense has managed to hold steady without him. The Chargers haven't allowed an offensive touchdown in 11 consecutive quarters, something the team hadn't done since 1977.
''When you're playing good defense, stuff like that is going to happen, whether it is not letting up a 100-yard rusher or not giving up 300 passing yards or whatever it is,'' Johnson said. ''Whatever streak of success y...