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Chargers release O'Connell

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The San Diego Chargers released quarterback Kevin O'Connell on Saturday.

O'Connell was signed July 29 after Kyle Boller decided to retire just after signing. The Chargers needed a quarterback in camp while Charlie Whitehurst was out with a strained MCL. Whitehurst returned Saturday.

O'Connell did not get into Thursday's game against Green Bay as rookie Jarrett Lee played the final three-plus quarters of the Chargers' 21-13 win.

O'Connell was a third-round pick of New England in 2008 out of San Diego State.

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