Chargers fill TE need, sign veteran Kendricks

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With tight end Hunter Henry out because of a knee injury, the Los Angeles Chargers announced Tuesday that they signed veteran tight end Lance Kendricks.

To make room on the roster, the Chargers officially placed safety Adrian Philips on the injured reserve with a broken right forearm.

The Chargers also waived receiver Andre Patton and re-signed defensive end Chris Peace.

Henry suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee during the season opener against the Colts and will likely miss four to six weeks. He has not been put on injured reserve.

With Henry out and the team moving on from Antonio Gates, the Chargers needed to add a receiving tight end to the fold. Kendricks should serve in that role, joining tight ends Virgil Gree and Sean Culkin on the active roster.

Kendricks, 31, was signed by the Patriots before the 2019 season, but he was suspended for the first game of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was then released after being reinstated.

Kendricks spent 2017 and 2018 with the Packers, after six seasons with the Rams. In eight seasons, he has 2,505 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.

In July, Kendricks was sentenced to six months of probation following a 2017 incident in which he was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession at a traffic stop. He pleaded no contest, and the charge will be dropped if he completes eight hours of community service. His one-game suspension this season was a result of the 2017 incident.

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