Forney, Shelton Among 21 Players Cut

The San Diego Chargers released veteran offensive linemen Kynan Forney and L.J. Shelton on Saturday as the team trimmed its roster to 53 players. The day's surprising moves let San Diego keep four halfbacks and two fullbacks in a loaded backfield.

To view the updated depth chart as of Saturday, click here.

The San Diego Chargers released 21 players on Saturday and placed DE Ryon Bingham on injured-reserve to reach the league-mandated 53-player roster limit. Bingham's absence is a blow to a team that was already thin on the defensive line after losing Igor Olshansky in free agency; Travis Johnson, who was acquired via trade last week, will take Bingham's spot in the rotation.

The team's most surprising cuts came in the trenches. OG Kynan Forney was released after losing his battle with rookie Louis Vasquez, leaving fellow rookie Tyronne Green and veteran Scott Mruczkowski as the only reserves on the interior offensive line.

At tackle, 11th-year player L.J. Shelton was released, leaving the unproven but promising Brandyn Dombrowski as the top backup behind starters Marcus McNeill and Jeromey Clary.

On the defensive line, seventh-year veteran Ian Scott was released despite his deep-rooted connections with defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and defensive line coach Don Johnson from their time together in Chicago. First-year player Ogemdi Nwagbuo, who spent last season on the practice squad, beat out Scott for the final spot in the defensive line rotation.

It is very possible the Chargers are not done altering the final 53-player roster, especially in the secondary. As it stands now, the team has only three cornerbacks and a whopping six safeties, including undrafted rookie C.J. Spillman, who has defied the odds for the time being.

Here is the complete list of the Chargers players released on Saturday:


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