San Diego Chargers place Curtis Brinkley on non-football injury list

Kestahn Moore via www2.pictures.gi.zimbio.com

via ProFootballTalk:

Rookie running back Curtis Brinkley, an undrafted free agent who signed with the Chargers earlier this year, was shot multiple times in Philadelphia earlier this month.

Though his injuries were not life-threatening, he won't be playing football this year. 

The Chargers have placed him on the non-football injury/illness list, ending his 2009 season before it could begin.

Under league rules, the Chargers are not required to pay Brinkley's salary of $310,000.  That's precisely what happened in 2006, when linebacker Steve Foley was shot by an off-duty police officer.

To replace Brinkley on the roster, the Chargers signed running back Kestahn Moore, another undrafted rookie.  He spent some time with the Broncos in the offseason, before being released.

Don't underestimate Moore.  He was a team captain at Florida and was known to be a very good blocker on special teams and out of the backfield.  I think he's got a real chance to make the practice squad.  The scouting report on him is after the jump.

Height: 5-10 Weight: 207 40 Time: 4.51

A rookie running back from the University of Florida who joined the Broncos as a college free agent on April 27, 2009... Played 53 career games (21 starts) at Florida, totaling 235 carries for 1,281 yards (5.5 avg.) with 13 touchdowns along with 38 receptions for 231 yards (6.1 avg.) with three scores... Helped the Gators to BCS National Championship wins during the 2006 and '08 seasons... Had four games will multiple rushing scores for his career... Named a team captain and saw time in all 14 games (5 starts) for Florida during its national championship season as a senior in 2008, rushing 29 times for 142 yards (4.9 avg.) with four touchdowns... Also was the Gators' lead blocker on punt and kickoff returns as a senior... Registered a career-high 578 yards on 104 carries (5.6 avg.) with six scores in 13 games (8 starts) during the 2007 season, a year in which he received Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll accolades... Attended Mansfield Summit High School in Arlington, Texas, where he averaged 9.5 yards per carry (132-1,256) and had 12 rushing scores as a senior... Majored in sport management at Florida... Kestahn Moore was born on April 13, 1987.

Report from High School

In 11 games as a senior Moore rushed the ball 132 times for 1,256 yards (9.46 yards per attempt) and 12 touchdowns. He carries a 3.4 GPA and 830 SAT. Moore bench presses 265, squats 430 and has a 33-inch vertical jump.

Scouting Report: Moore is a very impressive tailback. Has great size/speed and can flat out run the ball, catch passes out of the backfield as well as block. He's a top-20 player in the state of Texas and will challenge for top tailback honors -- he's that good.

Moore: "I can see the field good. I've got good vision and I can catch and run. I've got good speed and I can break tackles. I want to improve my strength and be more of a power runner. I also want to be more explosive."

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