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San Diego Chargers look to sign veteran linebacker as injuries mount

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With Manti Te'o having missed two weeks of practice, and now rookie Denzel Perryman injured, the Chargers are looking to sign a veteran to fill the gap.

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Manti Te'o hasn't practiced in two weeks and has missed two straight games. His replacement, 2nd round pick Denzel Perryman has a strained arm muscle (confirmed by MRI this morning). Combine that with the poor play of healthy starter Donald Butler, and the Chargers need help at ILB.

Joe Mays is 30 years old and has played for four different NFL teams. He isn't a spectacular athlete, but he can hit with the best of them. I advocated for the Chargers to sign him three years ago when he was released from the Broncos. I'm sure he is still a good thumper, but don't expect much out of him in coverage.

Mays will likely be a short term band-aid signing, likely until after the bye week. We will update you when it becomes official and we get word on who has been dropped to make room (please be Donald Brown, please be Donald Brown, please be Donald Brown).