The San Diego Chargers have signed fullback Billy Latsko and placed tight end Antonio Gates on “Reserve-Injured.”
Latsko spent most of the last three seasons on the practice squad with Carolina and San Diego. The Chargers signed him to the active roster for seven games in ’08 but he has yet to play his first NFL snap.
Latsko, 5-foot-10, 233 pounds, was released by the Chargers on Sept. 4 during final cuts. He will wear No. 34.
If Latsko plays against Denver on Sunday, the Chargers would tie the NFL record for the number of players to appear in at least one game during a non-strike season.
Arizona currently holds the mark with 74 in ’05.
Gates tore the plantar fascia in his right foot Oct. 17 against the Rams. He played in four other games while experiencing acute pain but resolved to rest his foot after it didn’t get better. Gates hasn’t played since a Dec. 5 loss to Oakland and wasn’t expected to face Denver.
A Pro Bowl selection despite being affected by the injury for much of the season, Gates caught 50 passes for a team-high 782 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games.