Bolts Cut Pinnock, Add Vets Wilson and Forney

The Chargers continued to tweak their roster on Monday as the team prepares to embark on the regular season. The team released Andrew Pinnock and placed Cory Withrow on the injured-reserve list. To fill those voids, the Bolts signed H-back Kris Wilson and guard Kynan Forney.

The Chargers announced on Monday that fullback Andrew Pinnock has been released and replaced on the roster by H-back Kris Wilson. The versatile Wilson will serve as the backup fullback while also improving the team's depth at tight end.

Wilson, a second-round pick in the 2004 draft, started 22 games over the last two seasons, including 10 starts at fullback in 2006. He moved back to tight end last season, catching 24 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown.

The releasing of Pinnock is somewhat surprising as he comes off a strong season in which he started five games, including two during the playoffs. However, Pinnock has been slow to recover from offseason microfracture surgery and the Bolts are comfortable handing the starting reins over to undrafted rookie Mike Tolbert.

Also on Monday, the team signed eight-year veteran offensive lineman Kynan Forney. An eight-year veteran who spent his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons, Forney has started 88 of 95 games during his career. He helped the Falcons lead the NFL in rushing from 2004-06 and was named a first alternate to the Pro Bowl in 2005.

Forney is the third veteran offensive lineman added by the Chargers this offseason, joining Jeremy Newberry and L.J. Shelton.

To make room for Forney on the roster, the Chargers placed center Cory Withrow on the injured-reserve list. Newberry will begin the season as the starting center and will take over the backup role upon Nick Hardwick's return, making Withrow expendable.

If something should happen to Newberry before Hardwick is ready to play, Scott Mruczkowski will slide over and play center.


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