Chargers release Carson, sign Salave'a

Updated: October 15, 2003, 6:31 PM ET

SAN DIEGO -- Backup defensive tackle Leonardo Carson, who faces kidnapping and burglary charges in Alabama, was cut by the San Diego Chargers and replaced on the roster by Joe Salave'a.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer said the move was football-related, and didn't have anything to do with Carson's legal case.

Carson was arrested Aug. 21 in Mobile, Ala., his hometown, for investigation of first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping.

According to Mobile police, a woman told officers that Carson had forcibly entered an apartment, physically assaulted her and forced her into his vehicle. At the time, he was on leave from the team to attend his grandmother's funeral.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer said that based on performance, the Chargers decided to keep Dequincy Scott as a backup tackle and sign Salave'a, a fifth-year pro who grew up in nearby Oceanside.

Salave'a was a fourth-round draft pick in 1998 by Tennessee, where he spent four seasons.

After being out of football in 2002, Salave'a joined the Baltimore Ravens this year but was released at the end of training camp. He re-signed with Baltimore on Sept. 8 and was inactive for three games, including the Ravens' win against the Chargers on Sept. 21. He was released again by Baltimore on Oct. 7.

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