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Chargers waive former USC offensive lineman Max Tuerk

By in Press Enterprise on October 3, 2017

By Jack Wang

The Chargers waived offensive lineman Max Tuerk on Tuesday, the latest turn in what has been a disappointing professional career for the former USC standout.

An All-Pac-12 first-team selection less than three years ago, Tuerk has yet to make his NFL regular-season debut. After being left inactive his entire rookie year, the former third-round pick sat out the first four games of 2017 due to a PED suspension.

Even before those penalties, the Santa Margarita Catholic alum appeared to be slipping down the depth chart. Undrafted second-year pro Spencer Pulley, who was part of same rookie class, had won the job as the Chargers’ starting center. Rookie Dan Feeney, drafted at No. 71 overall this past spring, was penciled in as the backup at both center and right guard.

Of the five third-round picks the Chargers have made under general manager Tom Telesco, only two remain on the active roster: Feeney and receiver Keenan Allen, drafted in 2013.

Offensive guard Chris Watt, selected in 2014, was waived in November. Cornerback Craig Mager, drafted a year later, is currently on the Chargers’ practice squad.

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