Two Former Jags Join Chargers

Eric Parker is done for the year. He has been placed on injured reserve by the San Diego Chargers. Rather than bring up Dondre Gilliam or Grant Mattos, the team signed Micah Ross, a former Jacksonville Jaguar. <br><br> The team also released Omari Hand and signed Clenton Ballard to the practice squad.

Micah Ross, 6-2, 219, is in his third NFL season. He has played in 22 NFL games, all with Jacksonville, but has yet to catch a pass in the league. He has excelled in a special teams role and placed fourth on the team with 12 tackles on special teams in 2002.

At Jacksonville University, Ross played just nine games as a wide receiver, catching 16 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.

Clenton Ballard, a small school star, was drafted out of Southwest Texas State by the Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2002 draft. The four-year college starter was selected two times to the all-conference team. In his college career, he recorded 231 tackles, 32 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks.

Omari Hand was thought to show promise in training camp and it was the reason he was kept around. Now the Chargers do not have a defensive end on the practice squad.

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