The San Diego Chargers added offensive tackle Mike Harris to the injured reserve list and signed Mike Remmers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad in order to fill the void, the team announced on Wednesday.
Harris suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Chargers’ 27-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday night and becomes the latest in an anomalistic number of casualties to the depleted offensive line.
The move will effectively end Harris’ 2013 season and force the Bolts to look elsewhere for a vital component involved in protecting quarterback Philip Rivers. The second year pro out of UCLA started three games this season in relief of D.J. Fluker and King Dunlap, who were each sidelined with concussions. Most notably, he won the backup tackle job over veteran Max Starks out of training camp and was making major strides forward in his development.
In the interim, the Bolts added Remmers, a 6-foot-5 tackle who spent the majority of the 2012 season as well as two weeks of the 2013 season with the Bucs’ practice squad. The Portland native is a former walk-on at Oregon State and former All-Pac-10 honorable mention selectee during his junior and senior seasons.
Despite the injuries, the Chargers have managed to keep Rivers upright for the most part, allowing just eight sacks through Week 5. That’s a major improvement over the 49 total sacks allowed against the veteran signal-caller for all of 2012.
The injury to Harris figures to deal a substantial blow to the Chargers’ depth at O-line, and could spell trouble against the Indianapolis Colts’ fifth-ranked defense on Monday night. Led by veteran Robert Mathis, Indianapolis has shown they are adept at rushing the passer, totaling 15 sacks thus far in 2013.
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