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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Ex-Bear Garay makes mark with Chargers

By Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The most productive former Bears defensive lineman currently on the Chargers roster isn't three-time Pro Bowler Tommie Harris, it's veteran Antonio Garay.

Antonio Garay
Antonio Garay has 37 tackles and two sacks with the Chargers this season.

Garay spent almost two seasons as a reserve Bears defensive linemen before he fractured his right leg on an illegal block by the Redskins' Chris Samuels in December 2007. The Bears decided to part company following the injury, and Garay spent 2008 out of the NFL before he resurfaced on the Jets' practice squad in 2009. Eventually, the defensive lineman found his way to San Diego, where he's established himself at nose tackle in the Chargers' 3-4 defense.

"He was doing some good things here until he was injured," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. "We were playing him too. It's not like it's a shock he's playing that type of football. Scheme-wise it may be a better fit for him, but he was a good, tough football player while he was here.'

"Tommie Harris has done some good things for them also, so they're getting some big plays from some of our old players."

Through nine games Garay leads all San Diego offensive linemen in total tackles (41), tackles for a loss (7), sacks (2.5), pressures (5) and quarterback hits (8). He registered 5.5 sacks in 15 starts for San Diego in 2010.