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San Diego Chargers Place LT Marcus McNeill on Injured-Reserve, Claim LT Jared Gaither

Some news from the Silver Fox that many saw coming....

Marcus McNeill going on IR ... Chargers get Jared Gaither off waivers.


Make that two of the San Diego Chargers offensive linemen, at the very least, that will finish the season on the Injured Reserve list. The two highest paid offensive linemen on the team and, possibly, the two most talented and most important offensive linemen on the team.

Marcus McNeill re-injured his neck a few weeks ago, an injury that the Chargers have been worried bout since his neck surgery in 2009, and apparently hasn't made enough progress for A.J. Smith and the San Diego front office to keep him on the roster for the remainder of the season.

Brandyn Dombrowski has filled in from McNeill since the injury earlier this year and will be the starting LT for the rest of 2011 until he also, inevitably, lands on the Injured Reserve list with the rest of San Diego's offensive linemen.

Jared Gaither is the LT that kept Michael Oher at RT for a while. He was, at one point, thought to be one of the better LTs in the league. Since a head injury in 2009, Gaither hasn't done much. He started this season with the Kansas City Chiefs but was eventually released. He'll be a backup in San Diego.