SAN DIEGO — Nose tackle Mike Charles, who has started the Chargers' 11 non-strike games, has been deactivated because of a knee injury and will not play against the Broncos in Denver Sunday, Coach Al Saunders said Friday.
Saunders said Chuck Ehin would start in Charles' place. Ehin was the starter before the Chargers acquired Charles on waviers from Tampa Bay during training camp.
Charles, who injured his right knee against Seattle five weeks ago, said he might require arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage. Charles had been listed as probable Wednesday but was removed from the Chargers' injury report Thursday despite not having practiced all week.
"I thought the knee would come along," Charles said. "But it never got better. Some weeks it would hurt, but at least I could run on it; this week I couldn't even do that."