Chargers waive TE Asante Cleveland; Allen misses third straight practice
By Matt Pagels
The Los Angeles Chargers released one of their offensive players Monday.
According to the team, Chargers tight end Asante Cleveland has been waived/injured.
We've signed TE Mike Estes and WR Cameron Posey, and waived/injured TE Asante Cleveland. #ChargersCamp
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 7, 2017
The undrafted free agent out of Miami (FL) was a member of the Chargers for two years, playing in four games last season. He had previous stints with the New England Patriots (2015) and San Francisco 49ers (2014).
The Chargers now have five tight ends on the roster: Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry, Jeff Cumberland, Sean McGrath and Sean Culkin. Henry and Cumberland are both reportedly having great camps thus far.
Henry, who led the team with eight touchdowns last year, will look to supplant Gates as the team’s No. 1 tight end. As for Cumberland, the 30-year-old missed the entire 2016 season after tearing his Achilles in the preseason. Cumberland is fully healed and quickly developing chemistry with quarterback Philip Rivers, especially showing off his speed during the Chargers-Rams joint practice Saturday.
Philip Rivers connected with Jeff Cumberland on a long TD play down the sideline. He's having a good camp.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) August 6, 2017
In other news, Chargers WR Keenan Allen missed his third practice due to a sore calf. There’s no need to worry because, according to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams, Allen feels great and is simply resting. Even though Allen has reportedly looked like his old self (or even better) during camp, the Chargers need to be cautious with him, especially since he’s coming off a torn ACL.
Another Chargers’ receiver not named Mike Williams (still on the physically unable to perform list) is also dealing with an injury. According to E. Williams, Isaiah Burse suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder a few days into training camp. However, Burse has been playing with the injury and had his best day in camp on Monday, per Williams.