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Vincent Brown appears out until 2013 - Michael Gehlken
It appears decided the Chargers wide receiver won't play a game until next year. In the meantime, he will continue his ankle rehabilitation, which has ramped up in recent weeks with Brown beginning to cut and run routes.
Spikes, Johnson welcome matchup with Steelers - NC Times
"I love it," Spikes said. "It’s man up. Pittsburgh is equivalent to Baltimore. I welcome it." Johnson smiled Wednesday at mention of the Steelers. "They’ve always been a nasty, physical team," he said. "It’s my type of game. They’ve always been my favorite game."
Barnes Placed on IR; Reggie Wells Signed - Ricky Henne
Barnes initially injured his hamstring late in the Chargers Nov. victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. He missed a couple of games but has been active the last few weeks. He finishes the year with nine tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble. Barnes is the 10th player this season to be placed on IR.
Offensive Line Beginning to Take Shape - Ricky Henne
"Honestly, we’re working through it right now," he said. "Some of it depends on Mike Harris and how he is in terms of his recovery. He’s made progress so we’re kind of working through it today. But Wells worked today at right tackle and Haslam worked at left tackle and at right tackle."
32 Observations: Week 13 - Nathan Jahnke
Second-year defensive end Corey Liuget has more than tripled his Run Stop Percentage number. It has gone from 2.5%, which was second-worst in 2011, to 7.7%, which is 10th-best for 3-4 defensive ends.
AFC West Stock Watch - Bill Williamson
The run game in San Diego: The Chargers offense is lethargic, and a big reason why is the inability to run the ball successfully. In Sunday's loss to Cincinnati, the Chargers simply gave up. They ran the ball 11 times in 59 offensive plays. Wasn’t Ryan Mathews supposed to be a big part of this offense?
Poll results: Package deal in S.D. - Bill Williamson
According to our AFC West poll, both San Diego general manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner are tied together.