August 24, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers nose tackle Kwame Geathers (95) is helped onto a cart after an injury against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Levi

Chargers place Kwame Geathers, Marcus Cromartie and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe on injured reserve

San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers have plaecd defensive tackle Kwame Geathers, cornerback Marcus Cromartie and defensive end Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe on injured reserve.

The San Diego Chargers began their roster cuts yesterday by cutting their roster to 79 players.

A majority of the players cut were on offense. Running back Kerwynn Williams, fullback Zach Boren, wide receivers Brelan Chancellor and Micah Hatfield, tight ends Jake Byrne and Ryan Otten are among the skill position players.

Offensive linemen cuts were guard Darryl Johnson and tackle Nick Becton.

The defense cuts were linebacker Adrian Hamilton and cornerback Lowell Rose. Punter Chase Tenpenny was also cut.

Today the Chargers needed to clear five more roster spots to cut the roster down to the mandatory 75 players.

Geathers was expected to be the primary backup at nose tackle behind Sean Lissemore this season, but instead will be placed on injured reserve after being carted off the field Sunday with a knee injury against the 49ers. Rookie fifth-round pick Ryan Carrethers will take on the role of backup nose tackle in his place.

The Chargers also placed guard Jeromey Clary on the Reserve-Physically Unable to Perform list and released cornerback Brandon Ghee. The Chargers signed Ghee to a two-year deal this past off-season, but after an unimpressive training camp and the increased depth at cornerback there just wasn’t a need to keep Ghee anymore.

Expect the Chargers to continue to add to the roster in the next few days, as the Chargers need to add depth to their defensive line. The Chargers took a step towards this yesterday by claiming defensive end Joe Kruger off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.

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