The San Diego Chargers announced Saturday that they’ve placed DL Darius Philon on injured reserve with the designation to return.
- Philon will be replaced on their roster by OL Michael Ola, who has been promoted from the practice squad.
We've signed OL Michael Ola to active roster and placed DL Darius Philon on IR-Designated to Return.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) October 17, 2015
This move will cost Philon the next eight weeks of the regular season, but he’ll at least have an opportunity to play again later in the year.
Philon, 21, was taken in the sixth round of this year’s NFL draft. He signed a four-year, $2,400,588 rookie contract with the Chargers that included $120,588 fully guaranteed. Philon will make a base salary of $435,000 for the 2015 season.
This year, Philon has appeared in four games for the Chargers and recorded two tackles.
Ola, 27, spent the past two years with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes after he went undrafted out of Hampton back in 2011 before he got an opportunity with the Miami Dolphins in January of last year. He lasted just a few months in Miami before he was cut and later claimed off of waivers from the Bears.
The Chargers wound up signing him to their practice squad at the start of the season.
This season, Ola has been active for just one game.