Chargers Make Big Personnel Moves

The San Diego Chargers have finalized their 53 man roster as they head into the 2008 NFL season. The NFL imposes a roster limit of 53 active players (including up to 8 practice squad players) so the Chargers had to make some cuts to meet the league's regulations.

C Nick Hardwick was removed from the PUP (physically-unable-to-perform list) and is now part of the 53 man roster, even though he will likely still miss some time. If he stayed on the PUP list however, he would not been allowed to return within the first six weeks of the season.

21 players were released, and 2 players (TE Scott Chandler, C Cory Withrow) was placed on IR (reserved-injured):

LB Antwan Applewhite *
LB Eric Bakhtiari
WR Gary Banks *
S Tra Battle *
CB Josh Bell
TE Wade Betschart
S Brian Bonner
RB Eldra Buckley *
DE Andre Coleman *
DT Lamar Divens
G Brandyn Dombrowski *
DE Keith Grennan *
DT Keith Jackson
WR Mark Jones
T Tyler Luellen
LB Terna Nande
T Tony Pape
LB Carlos Polk
G Erik Robertson
RB Marcus Thomas
FB Andrew Pinnock

The 7 players with a star (*) next to their names were re-signed to the San Diego Chargers practice squad. FB David Kirtman was also signed to the practice squad following his release from the Seattle Seahawks. LB Jason Brisbane from England (U.K.) was added to the Chargers practice squad as part of the NFL’s International Practice Squad Player Program.

The Chargers also signed a couple of veterans to replace the two players they put on IR. The team added TE Kris Wilson (played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles) and G Kynan Forney (formerly of the Atlanta Falcons).

For the current San Diego Chargers roster, see this page: San Diego Chargers Roster 2008. I'll be updating it from time to time, to try and keep it as current as possible.

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Rocco said... Sep 2, 2008, 7:10:00 AM

I would have like to have kept Mark Jones around as a return man but I guess we are already too deep at wide receiver. I wonder why they don't give Naanee a chance to return?

Anonymous said... Sep 2, 2008, 10:06:00 AM

I have to agree with rocco. I thought he was fantastic in the exhibition against Dallas. But, the roster is tight and I guess they decided to go with Sproles and Cromartie as the backup? Mark Jones really impressed me and I was hoping he would make the cut.

Anonymous said... Sep 2, 2008, 10:11:00 AM

Dug around and he was signed by the Panthers. Good luck to him as he sure seemed good enough to play in the NFL to me.

Anonymous said... Sep 2, 2008, 12:00:00 PM

They shouldn't have let Lamar Divens and Mark Jones go...Gary Banks over Mark Jones???

Anonymous said... Sep 7, 2008, 1:09:00 AM

Mike Tolbert is going to have his shot tomorrow, hopefully he comes through!

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