Chargers place OL Matt Slauson on IR, sign OL Michael Ola
Though much solace and excitement can be garnered from winning their third game in a row, it is what the Los Angeles Chargers lost on Sunday that we’ll be talking about in this piece. Starting left guard Matt Slauson suffered a season-ending biceps injury during the team’s 21-0 victory over the Denver Broncos. The team announced that he has been placed on the injured-reserve list, ending his 2017 campaign. In a corresponding move, the Bolts signed offensive lineman Michael Ola.
Signed during the free-agency period of the 2016 season, Matt Slauson provided the Chargers with a nasty presence along the offensive line that the team hadn’t seen since the days of Kris Dielman. Manning the starting center spot in 2016, the 31-year-old performed as well as any other lineman on the team and he was certainly the most consistent, starting all 16 games (Matt Slauson, who was playing in his 10th season, started all 16 games in a season six times throughout his nine-year career with the Bolts, Bears and Jets).
The Chargers’ move to Los Angeles for the 2017 season was one of many moves for Slauson, who converted back to his familiar position of guard (left) after playing all of last season at center. He played primarily at guard for the New York Jets and Chicago Bears prior to joining the Chargers.
With Matt Slauson being placed on injured reserve, the Chargers will look to rookie offensive lineman Dan Feeney to replace him. A third-round selection out of Indiana, Feeney has played sparingly on offense this season, while seeing the majority of his snaps on special teams. The rookie was highly regarded all over the scouting and media worlds alike as one of the best offensive line prospects in all of the 2017 draft class.
The signing of Michael Ola means a familiar face returns to the Chargers, but this time in Los Angeles instead of San Diego, as he was signed to the Chargers practice squad after being released by the Bears in 2015. Ola was with the Buffalo Bills this offseason before being waived/injured by the club. The 29-year-old has seen time in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and the Chargers.