L.A. Chargers place Canadian cornerback Tevaughn Campbell on injured reserve

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The Los Angeles Chargers have placed Canadian cornerback Tevaughn Campbell on injured reserve.

Entering his fourth season with the team, Campbell has missed much of training camp while battling a knee injury. He was waived with an injury designation on Tuesday in order to meet NFL roster cutdown requirements, but went unclaimed and has reverted to the team’s injured reserve.

The Chargers may elect to keep Campbell around on the IR or the two sides can seek an injury settlement in order to secure his release.

The 29-year-old has played in 30 games for the team over the past two seasons, starting 11 contests. He has amassed 62 tackles, seven pass breakups, three forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery in that time, scoring two defensive touchdowns.

Campbell originally signed a contract with the New York Jets in January 2019. He was waived following training camp and the Chargers added him to the practice squad less than two weeks later, where he remained for the duration of that season.

The University of Regina product ran a CFL combine record 4.35 electronic 40-yard time in 2015. That proved his explosive athletic ability, however, Campbell wasn’t picked until the third round, 22nd overall in the CFL draft. He played four seasons in the three-down league with Calgary (2015), Saskatchewan (2016-2017), and Montreal (2017-2018), while also briefly playing with Canada’s national rugby sevens team.

In 42 career CFL games, Campbell was credited with 53 defensive tackles, nine special teams tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and four interceptions. He found the endzone three times on defence.

The Scarborough native was in tough to hang on to his role as the fifth cornerback for the Charges this season after the team drafted fellow Canadian Deane Leonard in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft.