The Chargers announced the signing of defensive lineman Tommie Harris, and that safety Bob Sanders has been placed on injured reserve.
Harris was the 14th overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. A starter in 90 of his 104 games in the NFL, Harris posted 213 tackles and 28.5 quarterback sacks and went to three straight Pro Bowls (2005, 2006, 2007) before leg injuries reduced his effectiveness the last three seasons.
The Bears released Harris in February and the veteran went to training camp with the Indianapolis Colts. A 4-3 tackle for his entire career, Harris will likely play defensive end for the Chargers and move inside on passing downs. Chargers defensive end Luis Castillo suffered a broken leg in the season-opener and is not close to returning. 2011 first-round pick Corey Liuget has been dealing with an ankle injury, and his replacement, Jacques Cesaire, could miss a few weeks with a strained knee.
The oft-injured Sanders played in just nine games for the Indianapolis Colts after being named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2007. San Diego had signed to a one-year, $1.062 million contract in July, but after recording 12 tackles in his two games with the Chargers, Sanders missed last week’s game with a knee injury.
“It didn’t work out for him or us, and we wish him the very best,” Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said of Sanders. “He was with us a very short time, but made a positive impact with our team in many ways, and I’ll always appreciate that.”