A pair of Chargers earned prestigious honors this week.
First, Eric Weddle was named to the CBSSports.com 2012 NFL All-Pro Team.
Then today, Kendall Reyes was named to ESPN’s All-Rookie Team.
Congrats Eric and Kendall!
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The Chargers just announced their injury report for this Sunday’s match against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Donald Butler (groin), Eddie Royal (hamstring) and Darrell Stuckey (hamstring) are all out.
Dante Rosario (hamstring) is doubtful.
Jarret Johnson (back) is questionable.
Antwan Barnes (hamstring), Jeromey Clary (thigh), Larry English (calf), Tyronne Green (hamstring), Mike Scifres (rt. Ankle), and Eric Weddle (Concussion) are all probable.
Butler injured his groin in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. He tried to come back and played the first snap of the third quarter, but he immediately went down and did not return. Stuckey also injured his hamstring in the first half of the game as well.
Johnson hurt his back midway through Thursday’s practice. His status is 50/50.
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The Chargers announced their official injury report a short while ago.
Aubrayo Franklin (knee) is out.
Jared Gaither (groin) is doubtful.
Ryan Mathews (neck) and Dante Rosario (hamstring) are questionable.
Antwan Barnes (hamstring), Atari Bigby (quad), Chris Carr (knee), Tyronee Green (ribs/illness), Melvin Ingram (knee), Mike Scifres (rt. ankle) and Eric Weddle (knee/illness) are all probable.
Franklin suffered a deep bone bruise in his knee during the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Tampa Bay. He is expected to be out a couple weeks. By missing the game, he will become the first Chargers defensive starter to miss a game this season.
If Gaither does not suit up on Sunday, and it is looking at this moment that it is likely he will miss the game, it will be the second week in a row he missed with the groin injury.
Mathews suffered a stiff neck as a result of a vicious third quarter collision with the Bucs’ Quincy Black. He missed the practice on Wednesday and Thursday but returned on a limited basis on Friday.
Finally, Rosario’s hamstring injury flared up in the middle of Thursday’s practice.
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ESPN named it’s All AFC West Midseason team today, and seven Chargers made it.
DE – Corey Liuget
LB – Donald Butler
S – Eric Weddle
G – Louis Vasquez
C – Nick Hardwick
P – Mike Scifres
ST –Darrell Stuckey
Do you agree with the above selections? Is there someone missing from the list you would have added? Let us know in the comments below.
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The Chargers have a chance to climb over the .500 mark this Sunday in Cleveland. Here are some key notes to get you ready for the game at the Browns.
• San Diego leads the series with the Browns, 14-7-1. The Chargers have won four straight matchups, seven of the last eight and nine of the last 11. That includes three straight wins in Cleveland. The team’s last loss in Cleveland came in 2001.
• The Chargers lead the NFL in run defense, allowing just 71.2 yards per game. Four opponents were held under 60 yards: Oakland (45), Tennessee (38), New Orleans (53) and Denver (57).
• Philip Rivers is 2-0 versus the Browns and has a 118 quarterback rating in the two games (37-53-584, 2 TDs, 0 ints).
• Rivers has an overall record of 40-8 in games in which he has a passer rating of 100.0 or higher. He is the Chargers’ all-time leader in completion percentage (63.7%) and his percentage in 2012 is 66.5%.
• Rivers has started 102 consecutive games. Eli Manning is the only quarterback with more consecutive starts (126).
• Antonio Gates (8,007 yards receiving) moved into fourth on NFL’s all-time list for yards receiving among tight ends. He is 178 yards behind Dallas’ Jason Witten. In Week 3, he became only the fifth tight end in NFL history with 600 career catches.
• Gates has 78 touchdown catches, three behind the Chargers’ all-time leader, Lance Alworth, who has 81.
• The tandem of Rivers-Gates has connected on 51 touchdown passes, most by a QB-TE tandem in NFL history.
• Eric Weddle’s nine interceptions over the past 22 games (since 2011) leads the NFL.
• Shaun Phillips has 64.5 career sacks, fourth in team history. Phillips needs one sack to tie Lee Williams (65.5) for third, and he needs 2.5 to tie Gary “Big Hands” Johnson (67) for second. Phillips leads the team with 4.5 sacks, 11 pressures and six quarterback hits. He will make his 99th start on Sunday.
• Mike Scifres’ has 516 career punts, including 206 inside the 20-yard line. Of all of the players with 500 career punts, Scifres has the highest percentage of punts landed inside the 20 (39.9%) in NFL history. He needs just three punts to tied Dennis Partee for second-most punts in team history (519).
• Quentin Jammer has a chance to make an interception in a third-consecutive game for the first time in his career on Sunday.
• Norv Turner has 114 career wins, tying Don Coryell on the NFL’s all-time wins list. Turner has the best winning percentage in team history (52-34, .605 in regular season and 55-37, .598 overall).
• With a win in Week 2, A.J. Smith became the winningest general manager in franchise history. The team now has 94 wins in 2003-12 under Smith. The team won 92 games under Hall of Fame GM/coach Sid Gilman.
• Twenty-one of the 53 active players are new to the active roster this year: 11 of 25 offensive players and 10 of 25 defensive players.
• The Chargers play the sixth toughest schedule in 2012, based on their opponents’ .520 winning percentage in 2011.
• The Chargers will travel the third-most regular-season air miles of any team in the NFL (25,766). Only Oakland (28,692) and Seattle (26,200) will fly more air miles than the Bolts in 2012.
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In today’s conference call with the media, Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan made a point to emphasize his concern about facing Chargers’ ball-hawk, Eric Weddle.
Here’s what he had to say:
“When you watch the film, Eric’s a guy who’s got great range and can cover the field really well. He’s a very good pattern-reader and he understands what offenses are trying to do. He adjusts to that. He’s very talented and he’s very comfortable within their scheme. He’s a guy that we have to be concerned with where he is at.”
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below if Ryan has good reason to be “concerned” about facing Weddle.
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Tuesday’s afternoon practice had a little different feel and ended with a few laughs, which seemed like a great way to break up what is perhaps the longest week of training camp. The Chargers spent a good portion of the day working on their version of the Wildcat offense, or the “Wild Frog” as Norv Turner called it in reference to former TCU Horned Frog LaDainian Tomlinson being at the center of it.
Turner joked that with the league’s leader in touchdown passes flanked wide and a four-time Pro Bowl tight end becoming an offensive tackle, the system won’t become a fixure, but the Chargers could use it in certain situations. Turner likes the idea of finding more ways to get LT into space.
The other “fun” part of practice came on the last play. During a red zone period, Jamal Williams batted down a Rivers pass and yelled a bit in celebration. But the ball bounced right back to Rivers, who took off running outside. Williams gave chase in the open field but tripped and fell forward, which drew a huge round of laughs from Williams’ teammates. Rivers finished the run and made it to the end zone.
Another comical moment came when Jeromey Clary and Ryon Bingham were playfully boxing after a play and some thought camp’s first skirmish had developed. As a couple guys stepped in to break it up, Bingham told them they were just playing. This group really seems to work well together and enjoys being around each other.
Another moment that made me smile was the long conversation I had with former Chargers wide receiver John Jefferson. I’ll have a story up soon telling why he’s on hand for a couple of days. He’s an extremely nice guy and it was fun getting to chat with him.
Eric Weddle returned to the field after a few days off with a bum ankle. It was good to see him back out there running around. Larry English flashed during the afternoon as well. My money is on him having at least one sack Saturday night.
I opened by saying this is the longest week of camp. Here’s why: last week there was still something new to it. At the end of the week the games start. We’re at the point where guys are just ready to start hitting another colored jersey. That comes Saturday.
Don’t forget about tomorrow night’s public practice! It’s the last open one of camp. Hope to see you there!
Tags: Eric Weddle, Jamal Williams, John Jefferson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry English, Norv Turner
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The first padded practice of training camp was a physical one that started with a bang, but safety Steve Gregory shined the brightest Sunday afternoon. He broke up a pair of passes and picked off another. The fourth-year pro worked with the second team in base and the first team in nickel. He’s a great guy who you can’t help but be happy for.
Norv doesn’t do a full Oklahoma drill like his predecessor but he will throw it in there every once in a while. Ogemdi “Oggie” Nwagbuo beat Tyronne Green three times and then Louis Vasquez won a battle with Vaughn Martin. Fun stuff.
Eric Weddle talked about the secondary’s goal of eliminating big plays, and they did again Sunday. Quentin Jammer knocked away a pair of deep balls, one on a deep flag pattern where Weddle was closing over the top.
Lots of players look different when they put on the pads, but no one more than Jacob Hester. He’s put on about 10 pounds this offseason and he had a nice practice. There was a lot of inside run work and Hester could repeatedly be heard popping the pads.
When they wear the pads they do my favorite drill: one-on-one pass rush. Martin looked really good in that period, and you can really see English’s quickness off the ball when he’s isolated.
Two a days tomorrow so check back for plenty more.
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Larry English was upstairs signing his contract Saturday morning but will make his first training camp appearance this afternoon.
The morning practice brought a few highlights, particularly from three receivers. Malcom Floyd seems to make a highlight-reel worthy catch every practice and did so again today. He laid out horizontally snatched a Billy Volek pass about two feet off the ground.
Earlier, Philip Rivers stepped up in the pocket and threw a deep ball down the middle of the field that seemed destined for Clinton Hart’s hands. But as Hart set up to make the grab, Vincent Jackson leaped in front and made a nifty one-handed grab.
Legedu Naanee got in the act two, reaching over a defender to make a catch in the air.
Near the end of practice, Quentin Jammer jumped an out route and came away with a nifty pick that he took down the sideline. Paul Oliver nearly came up with a pick in a similar situation.
The defense spent most of the morning in base and much to Eric Weddle’s happiness, the first-team defense didn’t give up any big plays for the third time in as many practices.
The team will be back on the field at 4 this afternoon.
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