The Chargers have activated OLT Marcus McNeill to their 53-man roster. To create the roster space, the team released CB Fred Bennett and FS C.J. Spillman.
McNeill, a two-time Pro Bowler, held out of training camp in an effort to earn a long-term contract, but signed a one-year, $630,000 tender on Sept. 25. He was forced to sit out the team's past three games due to being on the roster-exempt list, but he will be able to play in Week Six vs. the Rams.
Spillman had six tackles this season and Bennett had one, both in reserve roles on the San Diego defense.
The way we see it
McNeill is expected to be reinserted into the starting lineup right away, and his return improves a Chargers offense that already ranks first in the league in yards per game and second in points. QB Philip Rivers has been sacked 11 times, and the O-line play figures to improve now that it's at full strength. Brandyn Dombrowski, who had been starting at left tackle, could move to the right side to supplant current starter Jeromey Clary.
Chargers RBs Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert play second fiddle to Rivers and the passing game in the team's attack, but they should see more room to run with an elite blocker joining the offensive line. Rivers also won't need to worry about his blind side as much with McNeill there to provide protection, giving him more time to air it out deep.