Applewhite, a second-year pro and former San Diego State Aztec, suffered a hamstring injury in the Chargers’ season opener at Oakland and hadn’t played since. He attempted to practice last week but re-aggravated the injury. He is expected to undergo surgery this week.
Hughes (5-10, 190) joined the Colts as a third-round draft pick in 2007 (95th overall) and spent two seasons in Indianapolis. He appeared in 24 games as a reserve defensive back and special teams player. Hughes was released at the conclusion of training camp this season.
Prior to his time with the Colts, Hughes was an All-America performer at California-Berkeley where he recorded 15 interceptions in four seasons with the Bears. A Los Angeles native, Hughes prepped at Crenshaw High School.