SAN DIEGO (AP) -The Chargers released linebacker Carlos Polk and placed tight end Scott Chandler on injured reserve Saturday.
The Chargers also removed center Nick Hardwick from the physically unable to perform list, making him part of the final 53-man roster even though he probably won't play right away as he recovers from offseason foot surgery.
Hardwick, a Pro Bowl selection following the 2006 season, spent training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He would have had to miss the first six games of the season if he wasn't removed from the PUP list by Saturday.
Coach Norv Turner declined to give a timetable for Hardwick's return.
Polk spent the past seven seasons with the Chargers with his primary role being on special teams. Only defensive tackle Jamal Williams and long snapper David Binn have been in the organization longer than the 31-year-old Polk.
Turner said it hard to release Polk, one of 20 players who were cut.
``When you have a veteran player like Carlos Polk who has been here and been a big part for us, those are tough,'' Turner said. ``We knew we were going to have some tough cuts at the end. We have young talented players that are the future of this team and can contribute right now and can do things for us in the kicking game and do things for us in special situations on offense and defense.''
Chandler injured a toe in the final minute of the Chargers' exhibition finale against San Francisco on Friday night. Turner said the second-year player will see a specialist in the middle of next week.
One undrafted free agent overcame long odds to make the roster - fullback Mike Tolbert of Coastal Carolina.
``It was difficult,'' Tolbert said. ``This is one of the three elite teams in the NFL so I knew it was going to be hard at first but once I got out here and realized I could play with these guys, I had it set in my mind that I could actually play this game and play for this team.''
Also, starting inside linebacker Stephen Cooper began serving a four-game suspension Saturday for violating the NFL's steroids and related substances policy. Cooper is eligible to return to the Chargers on Sept. 29, the day following the fourth game of the regular season.

Recent NFL Discussions

2017 Heisman Odds on Wed, Mar 2017 by Blade
College / NBA today on Sun, Mar 2017 by TtomBoBadly
SNOW on Tue, Mar 2017 by Michael Cash
EARLY COLL PLAYS FOR WED. on Wed, Mar 2017 by Timmy1961

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Patriots remain SB52 Favorites With NFL free agency slowing down dramatically over the past week, here's a look at the most recent Super Bowl 52 odds to win.
Thumbnail The Next Atlanta Falcons Despite suffering one of the greatest collapses in sports history at Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons still managed to overcome significant odds to reach the NFL’s...
Thumbnail Eddie Lacy 2017 Prop Odds After signing with the Seahawks earlier this month, how many touchdowns and rushing yards will Eddie Lacy earn in 2017?
Thumbnail DeSean Jackson Bucs Prop Odds How many touchdowns will DeSean Jackson post with his new team in 2017? Here's a look at the odds.
Thumbnail Brandin Cooks Patriots Prop Odds How many total receiving yards will new Patriot Brandin Cooks have in 2017?

NFL Team Pages