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Chargers Place Eric Weddle on IR Among Eight Roster Moves
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The San Diego Chargers made eight roster moves on Monday, placing four players on the Reserve-Injured list, signing two to the active roster and adding a pair of offensive linemen to the practice squad.
Eric Weddle (groin), Darrell Stuckey (knee), Ladarius Green (ankle) and Sean Lissemore (shoulder) were all placed on season-ending IR, while the Bolts promoted Sean McGrath and Matt Daniels to the active roster. The team also re-signed Craig Watts and Michael Huey to the practice squad.
Weddle battled a groin injury for most of the season, and was limited to 13 games. He first sustained the injury in Week 6’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, and missed the next two games against the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. The safety finished the year with 75 tackles, nine passes defensed, two tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and 0.5 sacks.
Stuckey suffered his knee injury after making his second special teams tackle late in the first quarter Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders. Named a fourth-alternate for the Pro Bowl after appearing in the game last season, the special teams captain ranks second on the team with eight tackles in the third phase of the game. The sixth-year safety also added four tackles and one sack on defense.
Green set career-highs this season across the board with 37 catches for 429 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games with 11 starts. The 6-6, 240-pound tight end also set a career-high with five catches in a single game on three occasions. He suffered his ankle injury early in Week 8’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, which hampered him the remainder of the year.
Lissemore was placed on IR after missing the last four games with his shoulder injury. In his third season with the Chargers, the sixth-year nose tackle ends the year with 17 tackles and three pressures in 11 games and five starts.
McGrath is a 6-5, 259-pound tight end who initially joined the active roster on Nov. 10. He was waived and subsequently added to the practice squad on Nov. 25. McGrath retired following his second season in 2013 after leading all Kansas City Chiefs’ tight ends with 26 receptions for 302 yards and two touchdowns before launching his comeback with the Bolts. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, he’s appeared in 18 games with nine starts.
Daniels has spent two separate stints on the practice squad with the Chargers, but this marks his first time on the 53-man roster. A 6-0, 212-pound safety, he began his career in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams out of Duke. He appeared in four games in 2012 and two in 2013.
Watts rejoins the practice squad after being waived on Dec. 19. The 6-4, 320-pound product out of West Texas A&M has been a member of the practice squad on and off for the past two seasons. He was signed to the 53-man roster prior to Week 9’s game against the Chicago Bears and was active, although he did not play a snap.
This marks Huey’s fourth stint on the practice squad, and his first since being released on Oct. 21. The 6-5, 317-pound former Arena League star is a versatile lineman who saw time at guard and center this summer with the Bolts.
The active roster now stands at 51, so stay tuned for two additional moves.