Chargers cut Thomas Keiser

SAN DIEGO - Among the 22 players cut Saturday in order to trim the San Diego Chargers’ roster down to 53 players was linebacker Thomas Keiser, who plead guilty to assaulting an employee at a downtown bar last year.

The 25-year-old Keiser, who is entering his fourth season, wasn’t on the market for long. He was immediately picked up off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals.

On the night of Dec. 29, Keiser was arrested just hours after the Chargers beat the Kansas City Chiefs to clinch a playoff spot.

Police said Keiser and an employee got into an argument that turned into a fight inside barleymash, a Gaslamp District restaurant. Surveillance video obtained by 10News showed Keiser waiting for a barleymash employee before attacking him from behind.

Keiser plead guilty to misdemeanor battery in March. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to attend anger management classes.

In May, the victim filed a civil lawsuit against Keiser.

The Chargers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Keiser went undrafted out of Stanford in 2011 and was signed by the Carolina Panthers. He spent time on their active roster and practice squad before being signed by the Chargers in May 2013. Across his 24-game career he has 31 solo tackles and nine sacks.


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