Chargers make offensive line moves
This is the second time in as many weeks that the Chargers have added Wiggins to their active roster. The Chargers promoted Wiggins from the practice squad for their Week 11 game, with left tackle King Dunlap (neck) being ruled out against the Miami Dolphins. While Wiggins suited up against the Dolphins and even went through the pre-game drills, he still ended up not playing a single offensive snap in last Sunday’s 20-16 loss. But now, he has again a chance to play for the Chargers – possibly as the swing tackle – this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Wiggins was waived at the start of this week to make room for former Raiders offensive tackle Willie Smith, on the Chargers’ active roster. However, the team has been struggling to decide on a reserve offensive tackle lately, so they re-signed Wiggins to the practice squad on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-6, 314-pound Wiggins has not played a single game for Chargers since he was initially signed to the team’s practice squad on Sept. 2.
The Fresno State product originally joined the league as undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. But Wiggins was released by the 49ers at the end of his rookie training camp and later spent five weeks of the 2011 season on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad. Wiggins’ second stint with the 49ers began in 2012, but again his role with the team was limited to the practice squad.
The 25-year-old Wiggins went to training camp again with the 49ers in 2013 and played three exhibition games for the team before being released in the finals roster cuts.
To make room for Wiggins on their 53-man roster, the Chargers also waived reserve guard/tackle Mike Remmers on Saturday. The 24-year-old Remmers has been dealing with an ankle injury that has kept him out of action since the bye week. The first-year pro played his last and only game this season against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7.
Otherwise, the Chargers’ projected offensive line this Sunday could be the same as last week – with D.J. Fluker serving as left tackle and Jeromey Clary at right, Johnnie Troutman as well as Chad Rinehart playing at left guard and right guard positions respectively, while Nick Hardick will start at center. Offensive linemen Rich Ohrnberger and Steve Schilling could also be active against the Chiefs as reserves.