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Schefter: Ex-Chargers OT Chris Hairston scheduled to visit Steelers

SAN DIEGO – ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that former San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Chris Hairston is scheduled to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hairston, 26, signed a one-year, prove-it deal to play for the Chargers in free agency last season, and outperformed the contract.

The Clemson product played through nagging abdominal and ankle injuries, participating in a total of 739 snaps on offense for the Chargers. Hairston started nine games at left tackle, one game at right guard and one game at left guard.

Hairston saw time at all four offensive-line positions during the regular season for San Diego. The only position he didn’t play was center.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers specifically singled out Hairston’s toughness during the year.

“I’d take him any day of the week,” Rivers said about Hairston, who played a career-high 92 snaps in a 27-20 loss against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 6 of the 2015 season. “He could hardly walk on Wednesday, and that’s what makes you appreciate the guys up front. I said, ‘Hey, how are ya?’ on Wednesday. And he said, ‘I’ll be out there.’”

The Chargers are set at offensive tackle with King Dunlap still on the roster and right tackle Joe Barksdale signed to a new, four-year deal. But with all the injuries San Diego suffered up front last season, the Chargers certainly could use an experienced Hairston on the roster heading into the 2016 season.