The search for the best 53: Chargers sign center J.D. Walton, add Burwell from practice squad

Johnnie Troutman by Marty Caswell

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy didn’t provide any specifics on Monday to the extent of injuries to left tackle King Dunlap, who suffered a concussion during the game in Minnesota nor the prognosis of left guard Orlando Franklin, who was carted off the field with an ankle injury.

But the team made a flurry of moves on Tuesday afternoon to shore up their injury-plagued offensive line, putting right guard Johnnie Troutman on season-ending injured reserve, promoting rookie tackle Tyreek Burwell from the practice squad and signing veteran center J.D. Walton.

The 28-year old Walton started all 16 games at center for the New York Giants last season and is a familiar face to Mike McCoy, starting 16 games in 2010 and 2011 for the Denver Broncos when McCoy was their offensive coordinator.

Chris Watt re-aggravated his groin injury during the game against the Vikings and was replaced by Trevor Robinson. Watt expressed hope that he’d be able to play through it but the signing provides the Chargers some depth at a crucial position.

The Chargers also waived tight end Kyle Miller, a good sign that Ladarius Green could return versus the Cleveland Browns. Green was limited in practice last week after suffering his second concussion in two weeks and inactive on Sunday.



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