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Billy Volek injury hurts rookie QB

9/8/2010

It’s been an interesting few days in the San Diego Chargers’ quarterback room.

The latest change was the release of rookie Jonathan Crompton from the practice squad on Tuesday. Crompton was a fifth-round pick.

He looked like a sure thing for the practice squad. However, the Chargers needed a third quarterback on the 53-man roster because Billy Volek has a minor knee injury. San Diego signed J.T. O’Sullivan. So, he’ll back up starter Philip Rivers if Volek can’t play.

Meanwhile, the Chargers cut tackle Ryan Otterson from the roster Sunday so they could sign veteran tackle Adam Terry. That meant the team needed to get Otterson on to the eight-man practice squad. Because having four quarterbacks in the program was a bit of a luxury, Crompton was let go from the practice squad. The Tennessee product could end up back on the practice squad at some point.

It’s a reminder to a young player like Crompton of the uncertain nature of the NFL. A week ago, Crompton looked like he was entrenched in the San Diego quarterback room. Now, he is waiting for a call from the team. Or any other team, for that matter.