Chargers Promote RB Kalen Ballage, Place RB Justin Jackson On IR


The Los Angeles Chargers announced Saturday that they’ve promoted RB Kalen Ballage to their active roster and placed RB Justin Jackson on injured reserve. 

Kalen Ballage

It’s worth mentioning that the NFL changed the rules regarding injured reserve for the 2020 season and players can return from the list in just three weeks. 

Ballage, 24, is a former fourth-round pick by the Dolphins in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Arizona State. He was entering the third year of his four-year, $3 million rookie contract.

Miami had initially planned to release Ballage but the Jets swooped in with an offer before he could be placed on waivers. New York agreed to send a conditional 2021 seventh-round pick to Miami in exchange for Ballage. However, the deal fell through after he failed a physical. 

The Jets later signed Ballage to their roster before waiving him a few weeks later. He then signed on to the Chargers’ practice squad. 

In 2020, Ballage has appeared in four games for the Jets and Chargers and rushed for 82 yards on 18 carries (4.6 YPC) to go along with 11 receptions for 82 yards receiving and one touchdown.

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