San Diego Chargers meet roster maximum by putting three players on injured-reserve

Jody Gomez-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers needed to get their roster down to 75 players today, but instead of releasing anyone they place three players on injured-reserve. Those players will not be eligible to play again until preseason next year.

So, this kind of sucks:

The San Diego Chargers placed three players on Reserve-Injured Tuesday to reach the NFL's mandatory active roster limit of 75 players:

Dan DePalma, WR (shoulder)
Chris Gronkowski, FB (ankle)
Mike Willie, WR (knee)

Mike Willie and Dan DePalma were having good preseasons and were hoping to make the roster. Chris Gronkowski was hopefully going to supplant Le'Ron McClain as the San Diego Chargers' starting fullback this season. Now, we can waved goodbye to all three players until the start of training camp 2014.

The roster is now at 75 players, and will remain there until the game against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday. However, with two more receivers going down, don't be surprised if the team cuts a few more and adds one or two WRs to take snaps in the final preseason game. They're going to need to make sure they go into Week 1 with Vincent Brown, Malcom Floyd and Keenan Allen healthy. That probably means keeping them off he field.

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