June 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner (left) and linebacker Melvin Ingram during minicamp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

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During that time quarterback Philip Rivers rolled up his sleeves and got down to work with seven veteran skill position players that the Chargers acquired during the offseason in a series of voluntary workouts capped off by this week’s mandatory three-day minicamp at Chargers Park.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Five weeks before the beginning of training camp, the San Diego Chargers wrapped up their final mini-camp workouts Thursday. Players showered, dressed and headed to their cars with hands full of playbooks and iPads, looking forward to the last week in July and the start of their atonement for two sub-par seasons. Along with their homework and whatever they’ve loaded onto their tablets, the majority of players were also wearing something – big and bright: smiles.

“You can’t discredit the fact that I played going on 10 years; the aches and pains of playing (are) always there,” said Gates. “But in terms of my foot and rehabbing that plantar fasciitis, I am able to get through practice at a rate that I wasn’t able to do in past years. From that standpoint, I’m feeling great.”

The great LaDainian Tomlinson hung up his cleats this week, signing a ceremonial contract with the San Diego Chargers Monday, officially retiring as a member of the team for which he played the first nine — and best nine — years of his career.

Chargers players and coaches will head to all corners of the country and even abroad, to return in late July and prepare to try to break this franchise’s stranglehold on mediocrity.

San Diego wrapped up minicamp Thursday with its fifth practice in three days. A month-long break is next before structured activities resume with training camp next month.

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