The shooting occurred after Foley got out of the vehicle near his home in Poway and began walking towards the officer who stopped him, an off-duty Corondao police officer. The officer identified himself, authorities said, and warned Foley he was armed.
With the season opener a week away, the Chargers placed him on injured reserve - non-football injury. Foley registered 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2005 for the Bolts.
By placing him on the non-football injury list, the Chargers will not be on the hook for his $1.65 million base salary this season.
"Our concern right now is for Steve's overall health and well-being," said Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith. "Steve's health needs to be his number-one priority. Football is secondary right now. Steve needs to focus on his recovery."
Linebacker Shaun Phillips will move into the starting lineup. Phillips netted seven sacks for San Diego in 2005 as a pass rushing specialist.