The Chargers placed safety Eric Weddle on the reserve-injured list Monday due to a nagging groin issue that was aggravated in Thursday’s game against the Raiders, effectively ending his playing time as a San Diego Charger.
The organization has not expressed a serious interest in keeping the five-time All-Pro safety -- a free agent in 2016 -- on their roster in coming years.
Putting Weddle on IR -- a move that was not harmonius for both parties -- led to a missive of tweets from his agent, David Canter, who said the Chargers have “multiple players” who are too injured to play this Sunday who are not being put on IR.
Canter also added that the Chargers fined Weddle $10,000 for watching his daughter, Brooklyn, perform as a “Junior Charger Girl” during halftime of the Dolphins game.
Head coach Mike McCoy confirmed the fine, saying that a "situation took place two weeks ago in our stadium” and that the fine was in accordance with the organization’s policy.
A team spokesman said that Weddle did not ask permission to miss halftime; rather, he just stayed on the field when his teammates went into the locker room.
Several players saw the same thing.
“I’m not really surprised [at the fine],” tight end Antonio Gates said Monday. “To me, the communication wasn’t there. I think that was more important than anything. Whoever has played in this league understands that there is no one person above the team. With all that being said, that was his daughter… It’s just something the coaches and him should have had a conversation about. From my understanding, there wasn’t a conversation about it.
"You're talking about a first class guy who was placed in a dilemma."
According to Canter, Weddle (and the other 16 players on injured reserve) will not be allowed to travel to the team’s final regular-season game in Denver, due to a lack of space on the plane.
If that is the case, it would be a sad end to Weddle’s nine-year relationship with the Chargers, which has become tumultuous at worst (and tense at best) in its final season. Weddle, who leads the team in tackles this season (77), elected to not participate in voluntary workouts this past offseason because of the organization’s disinterest in signing him to a contract extension.
Weddle said he felt slighted at the way the team handled his situation.
“My agent, David [Canter] and I spent the past two years expressing my goal to remain part of the San Diego Chargers beyond 2015,” Weddle said in June. “Honestly, nothing would make me happier than to retire a Charger. Despite our attempt to discuss an extension on multiple occasions, unfortunately our desire has not been mutual. Contrary to what has recently been said by upper management, there has never been any financial numbers discussed, and the Chargers have never put an offer on the table for us to consider.
It’s obvious I’m not part of this organization’s long-term plan. The NFL is a business and I can accept that; I just wish the organization had been upfront with me from Day One.”
Weddle is a two-time First-Team All Pro and a three-time Pro Bowler.
"Eric [has] done nothing but give nine years to the Chargers organization -- his heart, his soul, his body," Canter said.
Besides Weddle, safety Darrell Stuckey (knee), tight end Ladarius Green (ankle) and defensive tackle Sean Lissemore (shoulder) were also placed on the reserve-injured list Monday.