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Chargers promote Andre Williams, release McCoil

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: John Johnson III
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: John Johnson III
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The Los Angeles Chargers have made another transaction in a week that has included several of them.

On Saturday, the team signed running back Andre Williams and released safety Dexter McCoil, according to Ricky Henne of the team’s official website.

With Branden Oliver ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants with a hamstring injury, the Chargers were left with just two healthy running backs on the roster—Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.

Williams, who was released at the end of the preseason, was signed to the team’s practice squad. He played in one game for the team last season, rushing for 87 yards. However, during the preseason, he looked slow and indecisive and when roster cuts were made, it wasn’t much of a surprise when the team turned him loose.

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He returns to the active roster just in time to face the team that made him a fourth-round pick in 2014, the Giants.

McCoil was a bright spot during camp this summer, but made just one tackle this season. The former Canadian Football League player leaves the Chargers with 26 tackles and one interception in 18 career games.

Once Oliver returns to the lineup, expect the Chargers to drop Williams and perhaps re-sign McCoil. This move was made just to give the Chargers more depth at the running back position going into Sunday’s game, but it would be a surprise if Williams sees the field on offense.

Instead, look for Ekeler to make the most of this opportunity and have his best game to date.

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