In addition to announcing that restricted free agent left tackle Marcus McNeill had signed his one-year tender, the San Diego Chargers also signed a running back off their practice squad.
Curtis Brinkley, a first-year player from Syracuse, was signed off the practice squad, with cornerback Dante Hughes waived to add Brinkley to the 53-man roster.
Brinkley (5-9, 208) signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2009, but was shot while sitting in his car in a suburb outside of Philadelphia and spent the year on injured reserve. Brinkley ran for 96 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown during the pre-season, adding six receptions for 48 yards as a receiver out of the backfield.
With 2010 first-round running back Ryan Mathews expected to miss tomorrow's game with a sprained ankle, Brinkley adds depth to the backfield that is expected to feature more of Mike Tolbert against the Seattle Seahawks.