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CHARGER UPDATE : NOTEBOOK / T.J. SIMERS : Chargers Sign Former Redskin Defensive Lineman Darryl Grant

The Chargers’ roster shuffle continued Tuesday with the addition of former Washington defensive lineman Darryl Grant.

The Chargers also took a look at former Ram wide receiver Derrick Faison, but did not offer him a contract.

Grant, a 6-foot-1, 295-pound defensive tackle, started in 109 of the 139 games he played for the Redskins from 1981 through last season.

Washington released Grant on the team’s final cut to 47. The Chargers shied away from claiming Grant after hearing he had practiced on only a limited basis through training camp.

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“What Darryl Grant brings us, we’re not sure of yet,” General Manager Bobby Beathard said. “He’s another big guy we can use inside, and he’s always been a good athlete. There’s no doubt Darryl is not the same Darryl he was four or five years ago. He has slowed down.

“He hasn’t participated in anything this preseason because of a pulled calf muscle, and just started practicing a week and a half ago. But he had a pretty good workout. Maybe the change of scenery and his desire to prove something will help. What contribution he will make, though, I don’t know.”

The Chargers will have to release a player to make room for the addition of Grant. The most likely candidate: rookie wide receiver Joe Weinberg.

Coach Dan Henning said he expects linebacker Junior Seau (foot) and wide receiver Anthony Miller (knee bruise) to be ready for the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

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Linebacker Billy Ray Smith continues to have his problems with a sore knee, and linebacker Galand Thaxton is expected to be out again with a knee injury.


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