Wells, a 10-year NFL veteran after being drafted in the sixth round out of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, was a free agent after being released by the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 19, and hasn't played a regular season NFL game since 2010. But the Chargers turned to him as they search for answers with several linemen possibly not playing on Sunday. Wells had been with the team in September, and with left tackle Michael Harris, left guard Tyronne Green, and right tackle Jeromey Clary, not practicing with ankle, hamstring, and knee injuries respectively, Wells was one of the first offensive linemen the team turned to.
The Chargers also signed offensive linemen Colin Baxter and Stephen Schilling for depth.
Green and Clary are not expected to play. Harris will try to go at left tackle while backup Kevin Haslam plays at right tackle, but if he can't, Wells will slide in at right tackle while Haslam takes the left spot.
The Steelers are dealing with offensive line issues of their own, having started Kevlin Beachum at right tackle last week with all-Pro Maurkice Pouncey moving over to left guard to accommodate Doug Legursky. With Mike Adams still out and Willie Colon questionable for next week's game, that configuration could remain.