ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 21: Colin Baxter #60 of the San Diego Chargers at Cowboys Stadium on August 21, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Chargers coaches placed wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu and center David Molk on injure-reserve for the rest of the season.
Ajirotutu left the locker room Sunday night after the loss to the Bengals with his hand in a cast. Molk has a finger injury that will end his participation this season.
They will be replaced by center Colin Baxter and guard-tackle Stephen Schilling.
Baxter joined the team as undrafted rookie out of Arizona and played in five games as a Bolt in 2011 and has spent the last two training camps at Murphy Canyon.
The 6-foot-3, 310 pound lineman will most likely be the backup to either guard position. It’s not out of the question for him to see some playing time on Sunday against the Steelers.
Kevin Haslam, who signed only last week, is the only healthy tackle as of now. Right tackle Jeromey Clary and left tackle Mike Harris both suffered injuries in the Cincinnati game.
Schilling, only the fourth NFL player out of Bellevue, Washington, comes in at 6-foot-5 and 308 pounds.
He was heavily recruited out of high school and chose the Big Blue of Michigan where he sat his 2006 season because of mono. When he finally got to play in 2007 he started at tackle, but moved to guard.
He explains why in an interview with SportsPress Northwest.
“I m not the tallest guy,” Schilling said.“Your prototypical tackles in the NFL are taller, and there s nothing I could really do about that! Being able to be inside was a move that was made my college coaches thought that it would be best for my future, and it s pretty much where I would have been switched in the NFL anyway, so it s good that I got that in college.”
Schilling was a sixth-round draft pick for the Bolts in 2011.
The new additions will add some depth to what seems to be an ever-shifting, fragile Chargers’ offensive line.
The two July birthday boys will be with the team Sunday when they take on the Steelers. Baxter will wear No. 54 and Schilling will wear No. 72.