Chargers make one surprising cut as roster is reduced to 53

The Chargers fired veteran defenseman Christian Covington on Tuesday as they reduced their roster to the league-mandated 53 players.

Covington spent seven years in the NFL and appeared in 16 games for the Chargers last season, which he finished with 52 tackles and a sack.

He lost to former undrafted free agent Breiden Fehoko, who is in his third year and secured a spot on the roster with a strong training camp and preseason.

The Chargers also waived wide receivers Michael Bandy, Trevon Bradford, Jason Moore Jr., and Joe Reed; offensive linemen Foster Sarell, Zack Bailey and Ryan Hunter; tight ends Hunter Kampmoyer and Erik Krommenhoek; running backs Kevin Marks Jr. and Leddie Brown; full-back Gabe Nabers, edge rushers Emeke Egbule and Jamal Davis II; defense attorneys Joe Gaziano and Andrew Brown; linebackers Cole Christiansen and Tyreek Maddox-Williams; and defense attorneys Mark Webb Jr., Brandon Sebastian, Ben DeLuca, Kemon Hall, Raheem Layne and Michael Jacquet.

The team did without injured tight end Sage Surratt.

Coach Brandon Staley was scheduled to meet with reporters at 1 p.m. PDT Tuesday. Chargers make one surprising cut as roster is reduced to 53

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