Gachkar is in the mix to start at middle linebacker while Rolando McClain serves his 10-game suspension, Dallas Morning News reports. Anthony Hitchens, who started nine games last season, is the favorite to win the job and ultra-athletic second-year LB Mark Nzeocha could also factor in with a big camp, but Gachkar received most of the first-team reps at middle linebacker in OTAs and minicamp. The veteran was primarily used on special teams last year, but at the very least should see an increase in defensive snaps in 2016.
Linebacker Andrew Gachkar has signed a contract with the Cowboys, according to FOX Sports 1. Gachkar has spent the previous four seasons with the Chargers. He was selected by San Diego in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft. With the Chargers, Gachkar totaled 120 tackles and one forced fumble. His agent David Canter appeared to confirm the news by tweeting, "How bout Dem Cowboys!!!" while tagging Gachkar in the post.
The Chargers have rulled the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 14 matchup with the Patriots: nose tackles Ryan Carrethers (elbow) and Damion Square, running back Ronnie Brown, wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, guard Jeff Baca, tight end David Johnson and linebacker Cordarro Law. Carrethers had already been ruled out for Sunday's game so his absence won't be unexpected. The team does have all three of its questionable players available for action, as linebacker Donald Butler (quad) and offensive linemen D.J. Fluker (concussion) and Chris Watt (calf) are active. Also active are all the team's probable players, including quarterback Philip Rivers (chest), defensive tackle Corey Liuget (knee) and linebacker Andrew Gachkar (knee).
The Chargers have only ruled out one player for Sunday's clash against the Patriots. Nose tackle Ryan Carrethers will miss Week 14 because of a nagging elbow injury. Tackle D.J. Fluker (concussion), defensive tackle Corey Liuget (knee) and guard Chris Watt (calf) were deemed questionable. Meanwhile, outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (rest), inside linebacker Andrew Gachkar (knee) and quarterback Philip Rivers (chest) were all designated as probable.
The following players have been ruled inactive for the Chargers in Week 13 against the Ravens: Dontrelle Inman, Ronnie Brown, Andrew Gachkar, Damion Square, Ryan Miller, Ryan Carrethers and Cordarro Law.
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