Canadian defensive lineman Christian Covington has been added to the Los Angeles Chargers’ practice roster.
Covington played with the Chargers last year but was allowed to walk in free agency, signing with the Detroit Lions. He recorded five tackles and 0.5 sacks in three preseason games but was released on Sunday, August 27.
The Vancouver native dressed for four games with the Chargers in a depth role last season, recording 12 total tackles and one tackle for loss. It was his second year with the club as he dressed for 16 games with three starts for Los Angeles in 2021.
The 29-year-old has dressed for 102 career NFL games as a member of the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, and Chargers, recording 196 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, two pass knockdowns, and two forced fumbles.
The son of Canadian Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Grover Covington was born in Vancouver and played for Vancouver College at the high school level before earning a scholarship to Rice University in Houston.
Covington was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Texans and has since earned over $8.2 million USD. The B.C. Lions selected Covington in the fifth round of the 2015 CFL Draft, meaning that they control his rights should he ever choose to return north of the border.