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.
With #Chargers dealing with injuries at ILB, source said team is expected to sign veteran ILB Joe Mays.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) October 26, 2015
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).