Chargers find a quarterback willing to join them

Getty Images

The Chargers didn’t have to look far for their stable-pony quarterback.

After veteran Kyle Boller retired shortly after his arrival, they were looking for a temporary fill-in for injured Charlie Whitehurst.

They found one in Kevin O’Connell, who took a physical Sunday night and will sign today, according to Scott Bair of the North County Times.

O’Connell’s a local product, having graduated from San Diego State. He’ll take part in their next practice Tuesday. Whitehurst is expected to miss two weeks after spraining his medial collateral ligament last week.

O’Connell was a third-round pick of the Patriots in 2008, and has bounced from the Lions to the Dolphins and a stint with the Jets before his homecoming.

Since Whitehurst was injured, Philip Rivers and Jarrett Lee were left to take all the reps, so O’Connell presents a needed body.