SAN DIEGO – Quarterback Ryan Lindley is returning home. Released by the Arizona Cardinals during final roster cuts, the San Diego native and former San Diego State player made his way through waivers and will be added to San Diego’s practice squad, the team announced.
A sixth-round draft selection by the Cardinals in the 2012 draft, Lindley, 25, started four games for Arizona. Lindley’s career stats in the NFL aren’t impressive. He’s completed 52 percent of his passes for 752 yards, with no touchdowns and seven interceptions. Lindley’s been sacked 12 times and has a career 46.7 passer rating.
However, he does have a relationship with Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who served as Arizona’s receivers coach in 2012. And at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Lindley has a strong arm, offering potential as a developmental prospect.
With Lindley in the fold, it appears the Chargers are moving on from second-year pro Brad Sorensen, who was released during Saturday’s final roster cuts. Sorensen finished the preseason with 178 passing yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, completing 56.4 percent of his passes. Sorensen was sacked five times and had a 46.7 passer rating.
Along with Lindley, the Chargers added receivers Javontee Herndon and Torrence Allen, offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles and Craig Watts, defensive lineman Chas Alecxih, outside linebacker Cordarro Law, cornerback Greg Ducre and safety Adrian Phillips to the practice squad.
The Chargers have one open spot remaining on the practice squad.