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San Diego Chargers sign running back Shaun Draughn, linebackers Cordarro Law & Kevin Reddick

Following a series of injuries to Chargers regulars, the team has made moves to plug those holes.

Jason Miller

The San Diego Chargers today signed running back Shaun Draughn and linebackers Cordarro Law and Kevin Reddick. Chargers fans will already be familiar with the former CFL player Law as he was on the team throughout training camp before being cut and then signed to the practice squad.

Kevin Reddick is a bit more anonymous, but was a very good special teams player in New Orleans last year where he led the team in special teams tackles. He spent two weeks on the St. Louis Rams practice squad after the Saints waived him at the end of the preseason.

Shaun Draughn will become the third running back on the depth chart behind Branden Oliver and Donald Brown. He's a quick back with soft hands, but little top end speed. He has spent time on the Bears, Colts, and Ravens after playing a full season with the Chiefs in 2012. He wasn't a great player for Kansas City, but he also didn't embarrass himself. He can catch the ball out of the backfield if necessary and isn't bad between the tackles. Just don't ask him to beat anyone to the corner and he'll be fine. He also returned kicks for the Chiefs, so it's possible he'll see time there for the Chargers as well.

The Chargers were sitting at 51 players on the active roster prior to today, so to make room the Chargers had to release defensive end Lawrence Guy. Some had suggested he could displace Kendall Reyes. Obviously, that didn't happen.

A couple moves were also made to the practice squad with the Chargers signing linebacker Colton Underwood, running back D.J. Adams, and tight end Dave Paulson. Underwood and Adams are actually both re-signings as both spent time with the team this off season. They fill the spots vacated by Law (signed to the active roster), running back Marion Grice (signed by the Cardinals), and safety Adrian Phillips (released today).

These moves were largely made out of necessity with injuries being suffered by Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, Melvin Ingram, and Manti Te'o. Hopefully it's enough to keep the team afloat while they're out.

Finally, the Chargers also cut ties with injured defensive back Marcus Cromartie