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Chargers Sign Pair of Offensive Linemen
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The San Diego Chargers beefed up the offensive line on Tuesday, signing veteran center J. D. Walton and promoting tackle Tyreek Burwell from the practice squad to the active roster.
Walton is a six-year veteran who has started all 52 games he’s appeared in, including 16 last season for the New York Giants. The 6-3, 305-pound Baylor product was initially a third round pick (80th overall) by the Denver Broncos in 2010, and started the first 36 games of his career for them before suffering an ankle injury that cost him the rest of 2012 and most of 2013. Walton also spent time with Washington before joining the Giants, although he didn’t appear in any games for the Redskins.
Burwell made the Chargers’ initial 53-man roster, but was subsequently moved to the practice squad when the team brought back tight end John Phillips days before the season opener. The 6-5, 305-pound tackle impressed throughout the preseason and training camp after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati on May 12.
The Bolts also brought guard-center Michael Huey back to the practice squad to take Burwell’s place. Huey was with the team through last Friday, when he was waived to make room for guard Craig Watts.
Earlier in the day, the Chargers waived TE Kyle Miller and placed G Johnnie Troutman (forearm) on the Reserve-Injured list to free up space on the roster for Walton and Burwell.