Tolbert and Cooper Join Gates on IR

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16: Running back Mike Tolbert of the San Diego Chargers stands on the field prior to playing the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


San Diego Chargers RB Mike Tolbert and LB Stephen Cooper will both join TE Antonio Gates on the Injured Reserve list.

Tolbert suffered from a sprained neck and a bruised shoulder after being hit hard last week in Cincinnati. He finishes his season with 735 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns with his bruising style of play. He will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season and most likely will be back with the Chargers next season.

Rushing Receiving
Year Age G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Fmb
2010 25 15 182 735 11 36 4.0 49.0 12.1 25 216 8.6 0 28 1.7 14.4 5
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Stephen Cooper will head to the IR as well with a strained MCL injury. He suffered the injury against the Indianapolis Colts and will have missed 5 games this season. He is the defensive captain and will finish the season with 37 tackles, 1 sack, and an interception. He will become a unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and it will be important for the Chargers to resign him.

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age G Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty AV
2010 31 11 1.0 1 2 0 2 6 2 0 0 0 0 37 6
Career 119 9.5 8 61 0 25 31 8 0 5 -1 0 358 144 29
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The Chargers have signed RB Curtis Brinkley and LB Darry Beckwith from the practice squad in order to fill their spots on the roster. Both players may see a little bit of action in the final game of the season.

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