There was little question this weekend the Chargers would promote tight end Asante Cleveland from their practice squad, needing help at the position with Antonio Gates expected to be sidelined Sunday against the Colts.
It was a matter of how they’d create the roster room.
San Diego waived the former Giants running back to sign Cleveland to its 53-man roster. Williams theoretically could return next week, but he first must clear waivers Monday afternoon. Gates officially is listed as doubtful to play Sunday with a hamstring injury.
This is especially brutal since there was a report yesterday that the team was optimistic that his ACL was intact. Melvin Gordon should see a huge workload for the remainder of the year and is worth a max bid if he's still somehow on the waiver wire after a two-touchdown Week 1. With Branden Oliver out for the year, the undrafted Kenneth Farrow served as Gordon's backup in Week 2. Farrow went to Houston, and gained 2,000 yards on 371 carries (5.39 YPC) in his final two seasons. Per PlayerProfiler.com, his closest comparable is Silas Redd, and he has good burst and agility even though his 40 time isn't good. The Chargers also picked up Andre Williams after he was cut by the Giants. He may get a few touches each week, but this is shaping up to be Melvin Gordon's show.