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T.J. Cottrell, son of Chargers' defensive coordinator, among first cuts

SAN DIEGO -- Tight end T.J. Cottrell, the son of defensive
coordinator Ted Cottrell, was one of 10 players cut Monday by the
San Diego Chargers.

The Chargers also placed running back Tyronne Gross on injured
reserve with a knee injury. The team must release one more player
by Tuesday.

Also cut were cornerback Quinton Jones, safety Miguel Merrick,
linebacker Zach Latimer, offensive tackle Mike Jones, guard Jeremy
Sheffey, quarterback Brett Elliott and wide receivers Rhema
McKnight, Rich Musinski and Sonny Shackelford.

Gross was hurt in an exhibition win at St. Louis on Aug. 18.

Coach Norv Turner indicated that Clinton Hart has beaten out
rookie Eric Weddle for the starting strong safety job.

"I like the way Clinton Hart is playing so that kind of answers
the question," Turner said.

It also appears that Darren Sproles, a returner-running back,
has won a spot on the 53-man roster. He missed all of last season
after breaking his left leg on a punt return in an exhibition game.

"I would say Darren has a chance of helping us win football
games this year, yes," Turner said.

Sproles has had an excellent exhibition season, returning a punt
81 yards for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams and scoring on
a 19-yard run in a win at Arizona on Saturday night.