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 ...

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