Damion Square is back for his fourth season with the Chargers after appearing in 11 games with seven starts in 2016. He took over as the team’s starting nose tackle after Brandon Mebane went down with a biceps injury and was solid in relief, logging 31 tackles, six for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Square is a former undrafted free agent who spent time with Philadelphia and Kansas City before the Chargers claimed him off waivers in 2014.
Square has a number of family members who played college and pro football, including uncles John Square (University of Miami), Johnny Otis Square (Colorado State), Ronnie Miller (North Texas), and Robert Miller (Colorado State and Minnesota Vikings), and his cousin, Derek Curry (Notre Dame, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals).
Square and his wife, Brandi, have a son, Micah, and a daughter, Carsyn.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Philadelphia as undrafted free agent, April 29, 2013...waived by Eagles, Aug. 30, 2014...claimed by Kansas City, Aug. 31...waived Oct. 31...claimed by Chargers, Nov. 3...waived Sept. 5...re-signed to practice squad, Sept. 7...signed to active roster, Nov. 4.
2016: First start of season Nov. 6 vs. Tennessee...playing in hometown of Houston Nov. 27, recorded first NFL sack, shared seven-yard sack with Joey Bosa, and tackle for loss in 21-13 win...his three-yard TFL came on 1st-and-goal play from six with Chargers up 14-7...two plays later, Casey Hayward made touchdown-saving tackle at two to force field goal try and Chargers scored TD for 21-10 lead on ensuing possession to essentially put game on ice...season-high seven tackles Dec. 18 vs. Oakland...first two full NFL sacks Dec. 24 at Cleveland, while also tallying three tackles for loss, four pressures and three quarterback hits.
2015: First NFL start Dec. 20 vs. Miami...two quarterback hits Jan. 3 at Denver, including big hit on Peyton Manning in fourth quarter...early in contest, recovered fumble after sack and forced fumble by Steve Williams on Brock Osweiler.
2014: Inactive Weeks 1-7 for Kansas City and Weeks 11-17 for Chargers.
2013: NFL debut Sept. 9 at Washington...one stop Wild Card Playoffs vs. New Orleans.
COLLEGE: Three-time national champion...played in 40 games with 31 starts, collecting 93 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks...led squad with nine quarterback hurries as senior.
PERSONAL: Born in Houston, Texas...all-state and 4A Defensive MVP at Yates High School in Houston.