First Blood: Cuts Are In

The San Diego Chargers sifted through their roster and came up with the necessary cuts to trim the roster down to the allotted 65, plus NFL Europe roster exemptions. Some of the choices were no doubt tough, but such is the way of life in the NFL.

With the addition of Leon Johnson, the Chargers had to make an extra cut by the 1 PM PST deadline. Of course the Chargers waited until the last possible moment, reviewing who they wanted to cut, before submitting the news to league offices Tuesday.

Four to IR:

Four players were placed on injured reserve: wide receiver Tim Baker (knee), running back Antoineo Harris (knee), safety Hanik Milligan (pectoral) and linebacker Jude Waddy (ankle).

The cuts:

The players who were released are defensive end Kris Dielman, wide receiver Dondre Gilliam, guard Michael Keathley, running backs Nick Maddox and DeMarco McCleskey, wide receiver Jeremy McDaniel, linebacker LaMarcus McDonald, defensive tackle Doug Sims, wide receiver Brian Sump and offensive lineman Alex Tuttle.

After the moves, the Chargers have 68 players on their roster. The NFL has a mandatory 65-man roster limit on Tuesday, but the Chargers have three NFL Europe roster exemptions for quarterback Seth Burford, offensive lineman Luke Butkus and defensive tackle Scott Pospisil. The next cutdown date is Sunday when the Chargers must cutdown to 53 players. They can make a five man practice squad on Monday.

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