There’s no need to be coy here. Turner knows the score, and so do his players. Most fans expected a change at head coach after the Chargers missed the playoffs last season for the second straight year, but team president Dean Spanos stood by Turner — saying he believed in continuity.
Adrian Peterson will be in uniform for Friday night’s preseason game between the Minnesota VIkings and San Diego Chargers. Unfortunately for the paying customers, however, No. 28 will remain on the sidelines once the Vikings’ penultimate preseason game begins.
O-Line depleted: San Diego will likely be missing three fifths of their starting O-line on Friday. LT Jared Gaither (back spasms) and C Nick Hardwick (concussion) will be out and coach Norv Turner said it’s unlikely LG Tyronne Green (foot) will play. They will be replaced by: LT Mike Harris (undrafted, UCLA), LG Rex Hadnot (free agent, Cardinals) and C David Molk (round seven 226th overall pick). Nevertheless, QB Philip Rivers is expected to play. “I am impressed with the five guys that practiced today,” Turner said of the O-line. “That group playing together can play awfully well.”
They range from members of this year’s draft class to seasoned veterans. Injuries to WR Vincent Brown (broken ankle) and RB Ryan Mathews (broken clavicle) will complicate coach Norv Turner’s final roster decisions because he may have to keep extra players at their respective positions.
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