Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Let’s get over this hump and roll down to that weekend again!!

Enjoy your dump:

For Philip Rivers and the Chargers, of course, it was extremely disheartening. Everyone loses in the NFL, but the Chargers seem to give away more games than most any other team. In this game the Chargers showed heart and toughness, the team never quit, and both coach Norv Turner and Rivers showed incredible resiliency. Had they won, these are the type of team wins that can propel a season to great heights.

“Fresh, live, lot of chatter … excitement … energy,” Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday after putting his unbeaten (7-0) team through a 90-minute practice in pads scripted to concentrate on “the extensive use of fundamental drills.”

• The San Diego Chargers’ running backs are in the injury mix again. Ryan Mathews injured his groin late in Monday night’s game and did not return. Mike Tolbert was dressed and running on the field before the game, trying to convince coaches he should play. He didn’t. And then there was Curtis Brinkley, who stepped in when Mathews stepped out. He delivered a touchdown, some carries, some catches, then suffered a concussion. His status is now murky as well. With all this happening Monday night, who knows how things will shape up by Sunday? Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune expects Tolbert to be ready to go. The other two backs have fresh injuries, so it’s likely a decision won’t come until later.

The San Diego Chargers running back situation remains a fantasy football mess as players are coming and going with injuries. A day after Mike Tolbert sat out Monday Night Football, Jason LaCanfora reported that he would be back on the field this Sunday against the Packers getting a lot of carries. Ryan Mathews suffered a groin injury on Monday that forced him from the game. We do not yet have an update on his status, but that would play a big part in determining what kind of play Tolbert would get this Sunday against the Packers.

Brown was cut by the Panthers prior to the season and he has been out of work since. He was a second-round pick in 2009 when the Panthers gave up a first-round pick in 2010 to draft him.

In desperate need of pass rush from the outside, the Chargers have signed free agent Everette Brown.

And seven games in, “inconsistency” is the word that describes the Chargers fantasy performers.