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Chargers make roster moves ahead of Sunday’s game

LA makes a handful of transactions ahead of the Las Vegas Raiders coming to town

NFL: AUG 24 Chargers Training Camp Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Saturday evening, ahead of today’s tilt with the Las Vegas Raiders, the Chargers made a handful of roster transactions, including placing a player on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

First, the Bolts signed defensive end Jessie Lemonier to the active roster to provide pass-rush depth due to Joey Bosa being sidelined this week with a concussion. Secondly, the team used their extra two active game day spots to promote running back Kalen Ballage and defensive back Quenton Meeks to the active roster.

Lastly, cornerback Brandon Facyson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and safety Jaylen Watkins was signed to the team’s practice squad.

Watkins played for the Chargers in 2019, starting a trio of games and playing in 14 total. He recorded 26 total tackles and a single pass breakup.

Lemonier was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 draft and has appeared in three games this season while Melvin Ingram was on IR. Meeks was a former UDFA of the Jaguars back in 2018 who played his college ball at Stanford. He appeared in eight games for the Jags before being signed to the Chargers’ practice squad in 2019. He is also the son of former defensive backs coach, Ron Meeks.

Ballage is a former fourth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins out of Arizona State University in 2018. He’s also spent time with the New York Jets. In two and a half seasons, Ballage has totaled 339 rushing yards and four touchdowns with 32 receptions for another 186 yards.