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Chargers signing OL Senio Kelemete from 49ers practice squad

The Bolts bring in some veteran help after losing Oday Aboushi for the year.

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In the wake of right guard Oday Aboushi’s season-ending injury, the Chargers are bringing in some veteran help by signing offensive lineman Senio Kelemete from the 49ers practice squad.

The 6’4, 305-pound Kelemete is a former fifth-round draft pick of the Cardinals back in 2012. He played his collegiate ball at Washington. After spending just his rookie season in Arizona, Kelemete was signed to the Saints practice squad in September of 2013. He would go on to play four years in New Orleans and before signing with the Texans for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He has appeared in 88 total games with 42 starts. He started five games for the Texans this past season.

Kelemete is reunited with his former run game coordinator and offensive line coach Frank Smith who was the Saints’ run game coordinator and offensive line coach during his time there. There’s also likely some familiarity already with the Chargers’ offensive system under new head coach Joe Lombardi who was the Saints’ quarterbacks coach during those same years in New Orleans.