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Clary Placed On IR, Runyan Signed

While the San Diego Chargers lost an offensive tackle for the remainder of the season, they managed to sign a decent one in return as the team placed Jeromey Clary on injured reserve then signed 13-year veteran Jon Runyan.

The deal between the Chargers and Runyan was offered just prior to the team’s plane taking off to San Diego on Sunday night and was signed by Runyan Tuesday night. With the signing, the plan is for Brandyn Dombrowski to start in Clary’s place Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs while Runyan gets used to the Chargers’ system; he is expected to eventually start for the team.

How Runyan was signed was interesting in its own right; here’s Chargers general manager A.J. Smith’s take on the signing:

“We offered Jon a job in early September. But at that time he respectfully declined. I talked to him on the phone and recruited hard, but I must have done a real poor job. It just happened he was available and accepted the second offer.”

“Losing Jeromey was a big blow for us. It’s very disappointing. But disappointment lurks around the corner each week in the NFL. You don’t dwell on it. You don’t feel sorry for yourself. You act swiftly and you move on.”

A good signing at the right time as LaDanian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles will need that hefty offensive tackle paving a path for the running back duo.


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