San Diego Chargers Daily Links: August 22, 2012

San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cheerleaders perform during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Junior Seau's autopsy report shows no obvious brain problems, drug abuse - Brandon Lowrey
A toxicology screening found no illicit drugs in the 43-year-old's system, according to a San Diego County medical examiner's report ---- just normal levels of zolpidem, found in some prescription sleeping medication, and naproxen, a common pain reliever. An examination of Seau's brain revealed nothing out of the ordinary, though some believe Seau may have killed himself because of brain injuries he suffered as a professional football player.

Irreplaceable players, AFC West style - Bill Williamson
San Diego, tight end Antonio Gates: He is Philip Rivers’ best and favorite target. Gates has been hampered by injuries the past four seasons and the Chargers’ offense has suffered for it. He is healthy now and primed for a big season. With running back Ryan Mathews and receiver Vincent Brown already out for a portion of the regular season, Gates’ presence is even more vital.

Tempers flare in Chargers, Cowboys scuffle - Michael Gehlken
"We're all professionals," safety Atari Bigby said. "You don't do that. You've got to have respect for the game. It's already a violent game. There's no need to maliciously try to hurt somebody. ...(Szczerba) barely missed him. Who knows what could have happened if he would connected? (Ingram) could have lost time. He could have been looking at a broken eye socket or a concussion. No need for that."

Brown Upbeat Despite Broken Ankle - Ricky Henne
"I’m just focused on getting back," he said, standing on crutches outside the team’s training room Tuesday morning as his teammates took part in a joint practice with the Cowboys. "It’s an unfortunate injury, but I’ve just got to bounce back and in the meantime help and support these guys any way I can."

Could Jones-Drew be AFC West-bound? - Bill Williamson
This story won‘t have legs, of course, until the Jaguars feel the same way. And, of course, since Schefter’ report has surfaced, I’ve received many question asking if Jones-Drew would fit in the AFC West. Let’s get it straight: A talent like Jones-Drew would fit anywhere.

San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings - Ricky Henne
Also, with Vincent Brown missing a significant amount of time with a broken left ankle, Friday’s game will be the first opportunity for many of the young wide receivers to make a name for themselves by stepping up and filling the void created by his injury.

Star Ratings - Randall Munroe
When I got home I tried to leave the cemetery a bad review on Yelp, but as my hand hovered over the 'one star' button I felt this distant chill ...

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