Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Donald Butler rarely gets a moment’s rest these days. The Chargers inside linebacker is working with the first team on the weakside, the second team in certain packages and all special teams.

But it virtually always comes with a disclaimer: If he can stay healthy. It’s an understandable tact. The former Colts’ star safety has played in nine games in the past three seasons combined. However, as we stand less than six weeks before the start of the season, the Chargers say there are not any concerns about his health.

After the 2009 season, San Diego safety Eric Weddle admitted he was conflicted. He was rooting for Rivera to land a head-coaching job because he knew Rivera deserved it. Professionally, though, Weddle said he selfishly didn’t want to see Rivera leave. After last season, in which the Chargers were the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL, Weddle saw Rivera leave when Carolina made him their new coach.

However, Floyd has a particular pep in his step these days. He is home. It didn’t look like that would be the case leading up to free agency.

Besides being among the NFL’s best return men for parts of his six-year tenure in San Diego, Sproles also was a key to coach Norv Turner’s offense, especially an aerial attack that ranked among the NFL’s top three in passer rating since 2008.

SAN DIEGO — Kory Sperry knows an opportunity when he sees one. The release of Kris Wilson in late July leaves the Chargers without a No. 3 tight end and has opened the door for the 26-year-old from Colorado State.

The rows of once-temporary steel bleachers below and behind Kyle Spangler show growing patches of rust. Alongside his field-level seat, in the corner end zone at Qualcomm Stadium, the bleacher surface is pitted with fresh tobacco stains, as though to compare their corrosive qualities with those of time and nature.