Chargers release Walton; sign ILB Joe Mays

Move made after injuries to inside linebackers Te'o, Perryman.

The Chargers have signed veteran inside linebacker Joe Mays to their roster.

Mays, 5-11 and 244-pounds, has started 38 of 69 games in his career, notching 211 tackles, 1.5 sacks and six passes defensed. He's also spent time on special teams. A sixth-round pick by the Eagles in 2008, Mays has also played with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos, where he familiarized himself with Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, who was part of the Broncos' offensive staff at the time. Mays also played under Chargers' assistant linebackers coach Bobby King when the two were with the Texans in 2013.

The move comes after inside linebacker Manti Te'o missed two games with an ankle injury, and rookie inside linebacker Denzel Perryman suffered a biceps strain against the Raiders.

To make room on the roster, the Chargers released center J.D.Walton.

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