San Diego Chargers Daily Links: August 21, 2012

San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tackle Jared Gaither (78) at organized team activities at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Chargers-Cowboys Joint Practice Mutually Beneficial - Ricky Henne
"I think the best thing about today is just seeing different people and different styles in all three phases," said head coach Norv Turner. "Once you practice together for a month you know each other awfully well, so just seeing some different styles is a great experience for our guys. It’s another chance for us to get experience without getting players at risk."

Can Chargers' offense survive through injuries? - Bill Williamson
With Mathews and Brown out, the Chargers can get by. But they have to stay healthy. A receiving crew of Malcom Floyd, Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal (who has been dealing injuries all camp), can work while Brown heals. At running back, the Chargers have several pieces who can get by for the short term. But the injury bug must stop now in San Diego.

Acee: Time for Gaither to get back on the field - Kevin Acee
We have time to worry about the rest of it. But about Harris being a part of that starting unit, you should be worried now. The Chargers are, no matter what they’ve been saying. The talk about having time is masking the feeling that it is time.

Top 200, AFC West style - Bill Williamson
I can’t argue that Manning and Rivers are the top-ranked players in the division; I think Hali may be a tad ahead of Miler at this point. I’d also probably rank Oakland running back Darren McFadden in the top 50.

Rivers, Meachem click in practice against Cowboys - Michael Gehlken
"You just have to be patient," Meachem said. "With a new quarterback, a new system — I'm a new wide receiver to him. He had Malcom (Floyd) for nine years. He had (Antonio) Gates for nine years. He had Vincent Brown for two, (Richard Goodman) for two. You want the chemistry to go 'right now,' but in reality, it's not going to be right now. You're going to have to take days like this, learn from it, and get better."

Chargers' Gaither says motivation not an issue - Michael Gehlken
Right or wrong, Gaither has a reputation. It dates back to his playing days with the Baltimore Ravens, where the nickname "Jared Game Day" was used in response to his perceived work habits. When it came to practicing, something minor would keep off the field. Then, when the game lights turned on, he'd flip the switch and be great.

Would Shawne Merriman be worth signing? - Bill Williamson
Fans of each AFC West team has asked me if I think former San Diego star pass-rusher Shawne Merriman would be a fit for their team. Sadly, I don’t he’d fit in the division. I’m not sure if Merriman, who was cut by Buffalo on Monday, will ever be a factor in the NFL again

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