Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy and his staff made their first major round of roster cuts on Friday. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The Chargers released 11 players on Friday:
Cornelius Brown, CB
Sean Cattouse, S
Phillip Dillard, LB
Greg Gatson, CB
Jerrell Harris, LB
William Middleton, CB
Dan Molls, LB
Randy Richards, T
Stephen Schilling, G
Max Starks, T
Luke Tasker, WR
The roster is now at 64 players. It has to be trimmed to 53 by 3:00 Pacific time on Saturday.
Tackle Max Starks is the most recognizable name on the list. He won a pair of Super Bowls in Pittsburgh and was signed to try and compete for the starting left tackle job in San Diego. Starks lost that race to King Dunlap, then played arguably the worst game of his career in Thursday night's 41-6 Chargers loss to the 49ers.
Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was sacked four times in the first half, many of them coming from Starks' side.
The Chargers let go of three players from the offensive line, leaving them with 10 on the roster. They also released four players from the defensive secondary, leaving 11 corners and safeties, and three linebackers, dropping that total to 11 players. It's likely at least one more player from each position group will be let go on Saturday.
Or, one or more players from each group could end up on the season-ending Injured Reserve list. Cornerback Johnny Patrick has suffered two concussions in the last three weeks, and linebacker Manti Te'o was back in a walking boot before Thursday night's game. The rookie from Notre Dame hasn't played since the first preseason game against Seattle.