The Chargers just announced their injury report for Sunday’s game vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Antwan Barnes is listed as doubtful.
Jared Gaither, Corey Liuget and Demorrio Williams are questionable.
Atari Bigby, Chris Carr, Robert Meachem, Shaun Phillips and Eddie Royal are all probable.
Barnes injured his hamstring late in the game against the Chiefs and had to be helped off the field. He has not practiced all week, instead watching the team from the sidelines with his leg wrapped up.
Meanwhile, Gaither (groin) and Liuget (hamstring) were limited in practice on Wednesday before being kept out on Thursday and Friday. Williams, meanwhile, has been limited the entire week after injuring his abdomen against the Chiefs.
The rest of the injuries to Bigby (quad), Carr (quad), Meachem (hamstring), Phillips (finger) and Royal (hamstring) do not appear to be serious and they all are expected to play.
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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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The following was written and submitted by Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips.
I feel blessed to have spent the last nine years of my life here in San Diego. It’s hard not to love this place. The weather is great all the time, downtown is pretty good with all the restaurants and everything, and I love the neighborhood that I live in. My neighbors are really cool and laid back, so it’s a great city to live in.
Those who know me know I’m a big Twitter fan. I love that you just get to say whatever you want to say. You get to have your own opinion without having to deal with what reporters or commentators think you mean. You get your point across and make a connection all by yourself. So I have a lot of fun with it. Make sure you follow me at @ShaunPhillips95 if you don’t already.
I’ve gotten off to a pretty good start this year. I was hurt all of last year, and people forget about that. It’s hard to play when you’re only 60% and missed a few games, but so far the season has started off good and I’m going out there and making plays for the defense. I’m trying to do everything I can to help the team win.
I get a lot of questions about my sack celebration, and it’s the same one I’ve done for the last nine years. It’s a tribute to my grandmother, who passed away a while back. She was a big bowler so that’s how I came up with it.
After this week’s game we have the bye week coming, but I haven’t made any plans. My entire focus is on this game against the Broncos. That’s what I’m concentrating on. The primary focus of course is Peyton Manning. He’s a challenge. He’s an amazing quarterback, one of the best to ever play the game. But to be the best, you’ve got to go up against the best, so it’s going to be a really good game.
Overall, I’m really excited about this year’s Chargers team. Just the camaraderie that we have amongst the players is the best I’ve ever seen. We have a bunch of guys that really get along. There are no prima donna’s on this team like we’ve had in years past. So it’s good to be around the guys, and I love being around my teammates. When the season ends that’s what I’ll miss the most.
That’s about it for me. Keep on supporting us. There’s going to be a little good, a little bad and a little ugly, but at the end of the day it will be mostly good.
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Chargers: Philip Rivers set a franchise single-season record with 34 touchdowns in 2008, but still aims to improve. The six-year veteran has led the Chargers to three AFC West titles in his three seasons as the starter and aims for a fourth in 2009. Rivers totaled a career-high 4,009 passing yards last season and can become the first Chargers QB to record 4,000-plus yards in back-to-back seasons since Dan Fouts (4,715 in 1980; 4,802 in 1981).
Chargers have won 3 consecutive AFC West titles…Team aims for 4th straight win on MNF…Club aims for 12th consecutive win vs. Oak…For career, QB Philip Rivers has 6-0 record vs. Oak. & has completed 73 of 133 passes (54.9 pct.) for 926 yards with 7 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 81.8 rating. Rivers led NFL with 105.5 rating & tied Drew Brees with league-high 34 TD passes in ’08…For career, RB LaDainian Tomlinson averages 119.1 rush yards per game vs. Oak. (1,906 total in 16 games) & has 9 100-yard games vs. Raiders…Since ’02, TE Antonio Gates leads NFL TEs with 51 TD rec…WR Vincent Jackson led team with career-high 1,098 rec. yards last season (57 rec.). For career, WR Chris Chambers averages 17.6 yards per rec. vs. Oak. (22 rec., 387 yards)…LB Shawne Merriman has 6.5 sacks in past 3 vs. Oak… LB Shaun Phillips has 9.5 career sack against Oak. (most vs. any team)…LB Stephen Cooper led team with 136 tackles last season.
Raiders: A former No. 1 overall pick, JaMarcus Russell continued his development as an NFL quarterback this offseason by spending the majority of his time in the classroom watching film and studying the playbook. Russell will look to stretch the field vertically with rookie wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (1st round, No. 7) and Zach Miller, who became the first Raiders tight end to lead the team in receptions (56) and yards (778) since Todd Christensen in 1986.
Raiders have a 15-6 (.714) record at home on MNF…Dating back to 12/14/08, QB JaMarcus Russell has completed 49 of 78 passes (62.8 pct.) for 626 yards with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 102.8 rating…RB Justin Fargas has led club in rushing for 3 consecutive seasons. RB Darren McFadden averages 5.3 yards per carry as starter (52 att., 274 yards)…TE Zach Miller led team with 56 rec. for 778 yards (13.9 average) & became 1st Raiders TE to lead team in rec. & yards since TE Todd Christensen in 1986…Rookie WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (1st round, No. 7) will make NFL debut…Since ’07, LB Thomas Howard (7) is tied for 1st in NFL for most INTs among LBs (Brian Urlacher)…CB Nnamdi Asomugha was named to AP All-Pro team in ’08…LB Greg Ellis will make Raiders debut after spending 11 seasons w/Dal…Last season, KR-CB Justin Miller became 1st player in club history w/2 KR-TDs in season…WR-PR Johnnie Lee Higgins set single-season club high with 3 PR-TDs in ’08.
Tags: Antonio Gates, Chris Chambers, Dan Fouts, LaDainian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers, Raiders, Shaun Phillips, Shawne Merriman, Stephen Cooper, Vincent Jackson
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The Chargers signed tight end Charles Davis Saturday. The 6-5, 254-pound Davis was a fifth-round pick of the Steelers in 2006 and also spent time with the Jaguars. He was college teammates with Shaun Phillips and Nick Hardwick at Purdue.
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