San Diego Chargers Daily Links: August 29, 2012

Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers carries for a first down on fourth and one against the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Gaither has MRI on ailing back - Scott Bair
The team is preparing to start the season without its starting left tackle. The Chargers won't give a timetable for his return, because they honestly don't have one. That's why, after weeks of inactivity, Gaither is still out getting tests.

Mathews Working for a Quick Recovery - Ricky Henne
"I’m feeling good and like my old self," he said Tuesday as the team finished their afternoon practice. "I’m pushing for that first game. I’m able to run and workout. I’m also pushing myself to get my legs under me."

Liuget wants to be more legit - Scott Bair
The 2011 first-round pick might have flown under the radar compared to his predecessors, but he has taken plenty of flak from his biggest critic. Liuget wasn't satisfied with his rookie year. He doesn't think fans should be, either.

Herm Edwards: Norv Turner is elite coach - Bill Williamson
Edwards points to Turner’s lengthy experience as an NFL head man, his win totals and his reputation as a brilliant offensive mind for his status as an elite coach. I’m sure Edwards will have many people questioning this call. But ask folks around the NFL about the great offensive minds and Turner is usually at the top of the list.

Gaither out Thursday; Week 1 in question - Michael Gehlken
"Our plan is to get him ready to play as soon as he can be ready to play," Turner said. "We're working hard to get that done. Right now, he's not ready to play. ... If he doesn't practice, it's going to be hard to play in the opener."

Chargers may need to make LT plans - Bill Williamson
If the Chargers don’t add someone as insurance for Gaither, the other choice is undrafted rookie Mike Harris. Harris has played honorably, but is he really up protecting Philip Rivers’ blindside in the regular season?

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