LA Chargers News

Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

The Chargers opened training camp with idyllic San Diego weather, 70-degrees and clear blue skies, at Chargers Park on Thursday morning. Coach Norv Turner is hopeful the storms of the past two seasons, filled with injuries and not making the playoffs are behind his team. Player attendance was phenomenal for the morning walk-thru, 88 of 90 were present.

He was sucking wind at the start of the 2011 training camp, unable to complete a basic running drill. His failure brought steady ridicule from his teammates and, after it went public, all of Chargers nation.

2011 was no good for the Chargers. Most of the season was even worse for quarterback Philip Rivers, who made a slew of negligible turnovers early in the season, and even cost his team a critical division matchup against the Chiefs with a fumbled snap.

SAN DIEGO — The Chargers’ roster was renovated during the offseason, bringing a heightened level of excitement to the first day of full-squad training camp practices.

Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was sidelined by a knee injury suffered during 11-on-11 drills and left tackle Jared Gaither was carted off the field with severe back spasms.

The Chargers bug-a-boo the last couple of seasons has been injuries. Injuries on the offensive line, the defensive line, at running back, at wide receiver, in the secondary, at linebacker, even at long snapper and kicker!

SAN DIEGO —- Chargers fullback Jacob Hester injured his shoulder on the last day of mini-camp. If an injury had to happen, that turned out to be the perfect time.

In his prime, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound receiver was one of the most explosive returners in the game. Over his career, he has totaled 135 punt returns for 1,622 yards and three touchdowns as well as 29 kickoffs for 685 yards. Thus, it’s no surprise this is where he is planning on making an immediate impact.