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Kris Dielman | Guard

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/3/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 320
College: Indiana
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Updating a previous item, former longtime Chargers LG Kris Dielman will not come out of retirement.
The Chargers released Dielman from the reserve/retired list on Friday, but the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that the transaction was a "technicality." Per beat writer Kevin Acee, "it appears there will be legal action related to the end of his career." Dielman may be preparing to sue the NFL. Dielman wound up making 97 starts, all with the Chargers. He was a four-time Pro Bowler. Fri, Jul 20, 2012 04:53:00 PM

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Chargers released G Kris Dielman from the reserve/retired list.

Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that Dielman is now considering a comeback after retiring "officially" in early March, even holding an emotional press conference. Dielman was plagued by concussions in recent years and suffered a Gran Mal seizure last season. We suspect he'd still be given a long look by multiple teams if he follows through on the comeback try.
Fri, Jul 20, 2012 03:55:00 PM

Chargers LG Kris Dielman (concussions) made his retirement official on Thursday.

In an emotional press conference, the four-time Pro Bowler made it clear that retirement is "what I have to do, not what I want to do." Chargers OL Hal Hunter told Dielman, "You're not my son, but if you were, there ain't no way I'd let you back on that field." Dielman's retirement leaves the Chargers with vacancies at center and on the entire left side of the offensive line.
Thu, Mar 1, 2012 02:27:00 PM

The Chargers will hold a press conference Thursday to announce the retirement of LG Kris Dielman.

The Bolts' offseason plans were thrown for a bit of a loop, as they believed Dielman was "leaning toward" a return for one more season. The 31-year-old is forced to hang up the spikes, however, as multiple concussions and a scary Gran Mal seizure make it too risky to continue playing.
Tue, Feb 28, 2012 03:36:00 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that LG Kris Dielman will retire from football after nine seasons.

Dielman is shutting it down due to concussions and a 2011 seizure. While he can still block at a high level, retirement likely gives Dielman the best chance to lead a normal rest of his life. Dielman, 31, was a four-time Pro Bowler, earning an invitation to Honolulu in consecutive years from 2007 through 2010. He appeared in 120 career games, all with San Diego, and started 97.
Mon, Feb 27, 2012 05:42:00 PM

According to the Union-Tribune San Diego, the Chargers "would happily pay" to keep LG Kris Dielman (concussions) if he opts to play in 2012.

Dielman's $4.5 million base salary counts $5.5 million against the cap, but the Bolts want him back at age 31 if he decides against retirement. Dielman is reportedly "leaning toward" playing after a serious concussion and seizure led him to re-evaluate after the season.
Tue, Feb 7, 2012 06:32:00 PM

Chargers LG Kris Dielman (concussions) reiterated that he is undecided about his playing future.

Dielman told the North County Times at a Saturday golf event that he's "doing great," but he's "not really" decided whether to play. "We'll see." The Chargers would certainly like an answer before they begin to plan for free agency. Dielman, 31, is owed $4.5 million in the last year of his contract.
Sun, Jan 29, 2012 04:17:00 PM

Citing several sources, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Chargers LG Kris Dielman (concussions) and LT Marcus McNeill (neck) are unsure about their futures in the NFL, and Dielman is considering retirement.

According to the Union-Trib, "it is believed that Dielman can return," but he may not want to after a concussion followed by a scary grand mal seizure suffered on a team flight home in November. McNeill may need more surgery on his neck, and entered the league in 2006 with neck and back problems. The Chargers' offensive line will be very much in flux heading into 2012.
Mon, Dec 5, 2011 05:01:00 PM

Several sources tell the San Diego Union-Tribune that LG Kris Dielman (injured reserve, concussion) is fully expected to be able to play in 2012.

Placing Dielman on I.R. was essentially a precautionary measure. He had a predisposition to seizures after having one as a child, and the Chargers didn't want to get into a situation where Dielman was medically cleared, returned, and experienced a third after another concussion. It's believed Dielman could have returned for the season's final month. He is signed through 2012.
Wed, Nov 16, 2011 09:40:00 PM

Chargers placed LG Kris Dielman (concussion) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Dielman sustained the concussion in Week 7 and suffered a seizure on the flight home to San Diego, so this was no small injury. The NFL has been investigating the incident. Dielman, 30, is under contract through 2012 for $4.5 million. Still one of the league's top pass-blocking guards, Dielman should return as a starter next season if his health cooperates.
Wed, Nov 16, 2011 02:59:00 PM

Chargers LG Kris Dielman (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 10's game against the Raiders.

He is currently the bellwether for the NFL's public relations on concussions, and combined with the medical realities of his situation you can be assured he'll be handled with kid gloves. Tyronne Green will continue to start in his place.
Mon, Nov 7, 2011 07:55:00 PM

According to the North County Times, the NFL is "reviewing the events" surrounding Chargers LG Kris Dielman's Week 7 concussion.

Dielman was not evaluated for a concussion after making helmet-to-helmet contact with Jets OLB Calvin Pace early in the fourth quarter, and stayed in the game. He later suffered a seizure on the Chargers' flight home from New York. Coach Norv Turner maintains the team "handled the situation extremely well." The review is reportedly standard, and league punishment appears unlikely.
Sat, Oct 29, 2011 11:26:00 AM

Chargers LG Kris Dielman's (concussion) Gran Mal seizure on the flight home from New York was reportedly violent enough that he bit through his lip and tongue before regaining consciousness.

The incident was serious enough that Dielman has already ruled himself out for two games. According to his agent, "it looks like there's no fear of long-term complications and that he's going to be OK." Dielman is "treading lightly" this week while dealing with lingering headaches.
Fri, Oct 28, 2011 12:35:00 PM

Chargers LG Kris Dielman (concussion) acknowledged that he will miss Monday's game.

In addition to the concussion in last week's game against the Jets, Dielman also had a Gran Mal seizure on the flight home from New Jersey. He's now expected to miss at least two games. Tyronne Green will start in Dielman's place against the Chiefs.
Thu, Oct 27, 2011 08:21:00 PM

Chargers LG Kris Dielman suffered a concussion in the team's Week 7 loss to the Jets.

Dielman has missed just one game over the past three seasons, and two over the past five. He'll need to pass the NFL's protocol testing in order to be medically cleared for Week 8. The Chargers visit Kansas City next.
Sun, Oct 23, 2011 05:36:00 PM

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