Chargers Sign Phillip Crosby; Pinnock injured
Phillip Crosby added
Phillip Crosby added

Posted Aug 12, 2004

On Wednesday, the San Diego Chargers signed free agent fullback Phillip Crosby and waived fullback Travis Wilson. Wilson had not made it on the field to practice during the first two weeks of training camp, hampering his chances of making the team. The timing of the signing could not have been better as Andrew Pinnock went down in Wednesday's night training camp.

Phillip Crosby spent the 2001-03 seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He played in 34 games with six starts. His career totals include six catches for 49 yards and 48 tackles on special teams.

In 2003, Crosby was sidelined after two games with a leg injury. He was placed on the “Reserve-Injured” list and waived by the Bills Nov. 18.

Crosby, 6-foot-0, 242, joined the New England Patriots in January of 2004 but was released on June 8 from the defending Champions.

Travis Wilson could not get healthy and with training camp quickly evaporating, the team needed another fullback on the roster to get reps. Otherwise the team would have been forced to use their backup, Andrew Pinnock, for most, if not all, of the preseason games as they keep Lorenzo Neal healthy and on the field through the season.

Ironically, Pinnock went down on Wednesday and is now questionable for Saturday's preseason game with the Indianapolis Colts. During special teams work he went down hard and ended up on the sidelines with his ankle taped.

Wilson tried to go on an injured groin last week but could not run full drills. He became the last member of the Kansas State contingency signed as undrafted free agents to be let go, following James Terry and Randy Jordan.

"Two of the best backs in the NFL," Travis Wilson said. "Lorenzo Neal – he is a guy that if you asked me who I thought I was like in the NFL – I look up to him because he is considered the best blocking back in the NFL. It was great to learn under him.

"It was definitely tough sitting out. Not being on the field, I got a chance to watch some veteran guys and what they do. I learned how to watch film better and I think it helped me. It was hard but at the same time it made me a better player."

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