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San Diego Chargers cut two veteran offensive tackles

The San Diego Chargers' backup plan at offensive tackle will not include veterans Anthony Davis or Mario Henderson, as Michael Gelkhen of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that both linemen have been released.

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The Chargers officially announced the moves later Friday night.

Davis and Henderson were signed to one-year deals worth $700,000 during the offseason to provide depth behind projected starters Jared Gaither and Jeromey Clary. With the release of Henderson and Davis, Michael Harris, an undrafted free agent from UCLA, is the only backup tackle on the Chargers' roster.

Gaither has been sidelined with back spasms, and so has his availability for the regular-season opener against the Oakland Raiders. Harris started two of the Chargers' final three preseason games and could be an option to start the season, with guard Tyronne Green another possibility.

The Chargers are without Brandyn Dombrowski, a restricted free agent who was placed on the "Reserve/Non-Football Illness" list because of a cyst on his foot. Dombrowski isn't eligible to be activated until after Week 6.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Dombrowski took a pay cut earlier this week. Scheduled to earn $1.26 million in base salary under his restricted free-agent tender, Dombrowski has reduced his base salary to $615,000, the league minimum for a player with three accrued seasons. While Dombrowski is on the "Non-Football Ilness" list, he will be paid at a reduced or "split" rate of $343,000 for six weeks. If Dombrowski returns to the 53-man roster in Week 7, the maximum he will earn in 2012 is $519,000 (six weeks at $343,000 rate, 11 weeks at $615,000 rate).

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