The Chargers entered training camp with a healthy 90-man roster.
Saturday, they lost one.
Defensive end Tenny Palepoi was carted off the field during practice after limping away from one-on-one drills. Later, it was revealed he fractured his foot and is expected to be sidelined for about two months (first reported by The San Diego Union-Tribune).
Palepoi made the roster as an undrafted rookie last season and ended up providing some much-needed depth on the defensive line. He played in all 16 games as either an end or nose tackle.
General manager Tom Telesco must now decide whether to place Palepoi on the injured-reserve list or keep him on the active roster and wait for his return.
Palepoi was one of only three undrafted free agents to make the 2014 roster. Coaches were impressed with his work ethic and touted the University of Utah alumni for his perseverance and tenacity.
The injury occurred on the first day of padded practice for the Chargers.
Per the Chargers website, here's more information on Palepoi:
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers May 13, 2014.
2014: Season-high two tackles for loss Oct. 19 vs. Kansas City...season high three tackles each in wins over St. Louis Nov. 23 and Baltimore Nov. 30.
COLLEGE: Second-team All-Pac-12 and team captain as senior...played 2012-13 seasons at Utah, totaling 74 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks...spent 2010-11 seasons at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah...NJCAA All-America, first-team All-WSFL and team captain as sophomore in 2011... sociology degree.
PERSONAL: Born in Salt Lake City, Utah...two-time all-state, including first team as senior, at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City...also two-time all-region choice and team captain.