[UPDATE]: Although previously lost to a season-ending injury, San Diego Chargers’ outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu has now officially been placed on injured reserve. To fill the vacancy on their active roster, the Chargers have promoted nose tackle Ryan Carrethers from their practice squad.
San Diego Chargers’ outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu suffered a broken right foot during Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans, ruling him out for the remainder of the season. He failed to secure a tackle in the game, but did register one quarterback hit.
Attaochu played in eight games during the 2016 season while starting one of them and registering seven tackles and two sacks in his third NFL season.
Coming off a breakout year in 2015, Attaochu posted 52 tackles and six sacks during his second NFL season, which he appeared in 15 games for the Chargers. As a rookie, he played in 11 games , having totaled 10 tackles and two sacks.
Originally selected in the second-round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech, Attaochu was named a third-team AP All-American and second-team All-ACC during his senior season, which included 16 tackles for a loss and 12.5 sacks. He would finish his collegiate career as the Yellow Jackets’ all-time sacks leader with 31.5 during his four years on campus.
Born in Ibedan, Nigeria, Attaochu was getting an opportunity to play for the Chargers over the team’s final half of the season as the team’s primary backup for outside linebacker Melvin Ingram on the left side.
The Chargers have alternated wins and losses for the past five weeks, moving the team to 5-6 on the season. Currently two games out of the final wild card spot in the AFC, the Chargers will need to make a run over the final five weeks, starting with next Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.