Chargers sign Wiggins, release Becton

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – In an effort to bolster the team’s depth at offensive line, the San Diego Chargers signed offensive tackle Kenny Wiggins from the team’s practice squad to the active roster on Saturday.

San Diego starting left tackle King Dunlap has been ruled out for Sunday due to a neck strain. Dunlap did not practice all week.

Wiggins was added to San Diego’s practice squad at the end of training camp on Sept. 2 after being released during final roster cuts from San Francisco.

At 6-6 and 315 pounds, the Fresno State product was an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011, and went to training camp with San Francisco. Wiggins was cut at the end of training camp, but spent the final five weeks of the 2011 season on Baltimore’s practice squad. Wiggins re-signed with San Francisco in 2012, and spent the entire season on the team’s practice squad.

Wiggins was released by the 49ers at the end of this year’s training camp, and signed to San Diego’s practice squad in September. Wiggins wears No. 72.

“I’m long, and I’ve got good feet with a basketball background,” Wiggins said this week when asked to describe his skill set. “So I can shuffle with guys. Coming from Fresno I’ve got that hard-nosed, play-to-the-whistle attitude, so I feel that’s what I bring.

“The passing game is just like playing defense in basketball, that’s how I look at it. And when we run the ball, it’s just getting after them.”

To make room for Wiggins on the active roster, the Chargers released rookie tackle Nick Becton.