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Bills losing Chad Rinehart to Bolts

By Jay Skurski

That hole at guard along the Buffalo Bills' offensive line is getting deeper by the day.

A day after the Bills lost left guard Andy Levitre, a player thought to be a candidate to replace him is following him out the door.

A league source confirmed to The Buffalo News this afternoon that Chad Rinehart will sign with the San Diego Chargers. Rinehart, 27, played in 27 games over the past three years as a key reserve along the line, making 17 starts. He played in just seven games and made two starts in 2012 before going on injured reserve because of an ankle injury he suffered in a Week Seven loss to Tennessee.

Rinehart, 6-foot-5 and 321 pounds, will be reunited with offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris -- who held the same job with the Bills last season -- in San Diego. Rinehart originally joined the Bills' practice squad in 2010, before being promoted to the active roster later in the season.

He was a third-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 2008.


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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