Andre Williams: Los Angeles Chargers promote RB from practice squad

By Alex Butler  |  Oct. 8, 2017 at 11:29 AM
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Oct. 8 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Chargers have promoted running back Andre Williams from the practice squad to the active roster.

Los Angeles announced the move on Saturday. The Chargers waived safety Dexter McCoil in a corresponding transaction. Chargers running back Branden Oliver has been ruled out for Sunday's game due to a hamstring injury.

Williams, 25, entered the NFL as a fourth round pick by the New York Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft. He piled up 851 yards from scrimmage and seven scores that season. Williams was waived during the 2016 preseason by the Giants before being claimed by the Chargers the next day. He was waived by the Chargers and re-signed by the team later that season, joining the practice squad. The Chargers re-signed Williams again in March before waiving him this preseason. He was then signed to the practice squad.

The Chargers now have Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler on their depth chart at running back for Week 5. Gordon currently ranks No. 28 in the NFL with 168 rushing yards. He has two touchdowns on the ground. Ekeler scored the first touchdown of his career in last week's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, turning his only carry into a 35-yard touchdown run.

Los Angeles battles the Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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