SAN DIEGO—The San Diego Chargers announced Thursday that they are releasing two veteran players.
The team said it was parting ways with defensive tackle Jamal Williams, the second popular veteran let go in the past two weeks.
Williams maintained a large presence in pro football's brutal trenches during his dozen seasons and was occasionally hurt because of the rough play. The quality of the Chargers defense usually plunged when he was on the sideline.
He suffered a triceps injury in the 2009 season opener in Oakland and did not play the rest of the season.
"He's battled courageously at one of the most punishing positions on the field, and I respect him tremendously,'' said A.J. Smith, the team's general manager.
The team also released veteran running back Michael Bennett, leaving the roster thin at the running back position. The moves on Williams and Bennett comes not long after the release of running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
Smith reversed field on running back Darren Sproles, making him a restricted free agent instead of letting him enter the market without limitations. The move means the Chargers have a right to match another team's offer, but it also guarantees Sproles a large salary if he stays in San Diego.