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San Diego Chargers Links 8/3

At 33, Williams knows his career is on borrowed time
Knees that required in-season and offseason surgery limited him much of 2007, and last year he was hampered by a painful triceps injury.

Williams hid the injury from the public all year. Now, he acknowledges the struggle.

"It was kind of odd working with one arm," he said. "Sometimes I just couldn't get that arm working. Certain blocks, I couldn't take on at times ... I had options to either go get the surgery and miss up to three months or just deal with it. They said most people get the surgery. But based off what we have in this locker room, the opportunity is short. I'm going to go out and give all I got, because you never know."

Safety Gregory makes strong impression on first day in pads
On the team's first practice of training camp in pads, Gregory was seemingly everywhere Sunday. An interception capped a day in which he also swooped in to break up two passes.

Blond ambition
"I've had friends on other teams tell me, 'Yeah, Kassim, they're after you,' " Osgood says. "So I get blindsided. It makes it more fun. I always focused on being a receiver, not a special teams guy. But I've always loved contact. It's a good tension release. Special teams is a huge part of the game.

Chiseled Gates hit the weights
Rehabbing a badly sprained ankle this spring, he figured he might as well work on his upper body. Once he started seeing results (aesthetically as well as in increased strength) he was even more motivated. The result is a leaner, chiseled Gates.

No contract talks, no big deal for Rivers - AFC West - ESPN
It's my opinion that Rivers and the Chargers will eventually strike a deal. He is a winner and he's the face of the franchise. He wants to be a Charger. The Chargers want him to stay. There is no way San Diego is going to let Rivers slip way. Chargers fans, don't worry if this takes a while. The bottom line is Rivers will be the Chargers' quarterback for a long time.

Twitter updates (including a Gartrell Johnson review) and a music video after the jump.

Twitter Updates

Twitter / Legedu Naanee
Got to sleep in this mornin and I felt so good.. Headed to breakfast and chapel before startin the football day.. Its the first padded practice!

Shawne Merriman (shawnemerriman) on Twitter
It was one play i was going to rip the ball out of LT's hands but i thought twice about that...just what i need to accidently hurt LT

Antonio Cromartie (crimetime31) on Twitter
just finished up our 1st day of pads. We look great. Our secondary are playing strong. I'm very impressed with Kevin Ellison he's the real deal can't wait to see him on the field in live action. He's a very physical and exciting player I glad we grab him

Shaun Phillips (ShaunPhillips95) on Twitter
We have a few hours until full contact I haven't hit anyone since jan. Boy time flys but let's get better bolts we can do it this year.

kassim osgood (kassimosgood) on Twitter
The O Line makes people move out the way! Gartrell is The new Mike Turner! And our D Line is stronger than ever. Live tackling today

Marcus McNeill (MarcusMcNeill73) on Twitter
Feels good to get bac on da field.


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