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Bolt-Load of Links: 8/23 Chargers Links

EWWWWWW, WHO FARTED?! Hardwick, I'm lookin' at you!
EWWWWWW, WHO FARTED?! Hardwick, I'm lookin' at you!
  • Chargers Announce Moves |
    The Chargers have placed left tackle Tra Thomas on Reserve-Retired and signed free agent guard Lee Grimes.
  • Thomas' retirement leaves experience gap |
    But the retirement announcement by Tra Thomas makes it official that the players comprising the Chargers’ projected two-deep at left tackle have played a total of a few dozen snaps at the position.
  • Early AFC West news and notes | ESPN
    The Chargers asserted their broadcast rights this weekend to make sure the Raiders’ preseason game could not be shown live in the Los Angeles market. I’m sure that makes Oakland fans even more fond of San Diego.
  • Chargers Team Report – 08/23/10 | BoltTalk
    Turner said the main emphasis of camp has been about being physical and developing a rugged demeanor. To date, the coach is pleased on both fronts. "I can’t be more excited about the things our players are doing," Turner said. "The physicalness, the attitude, and the way they came out and played in the first half. We blocked the run exceptionally well. We protected the quarterback. I can’t say enough about the way our defensive front is playing."
  • Cowboys-Chargers one-liners |
    Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 11-of-15 passes but threw an uncharacteristic red zone interception.
  • More on Rivers' tackle ... and his dive |
    Asked about his one-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown in the first quarter, Rivers said the headset system used to receive the play call from head coach Norv Turner was down at the time and after two runs from inside the 5 by rookie Ryan Mathews, Rivers made the decision to go with the sneak.
  • Legend of Rivers grows |
    When Philip Rivers took down Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church at the end of a second-quarter fumble return that almost everyone in the stadium figured was destined for the end zone, Rivers did more than stop a touchdown in a meaningless game. He showed with that head-on tackle exactly what he means to the Chargers -- beyond the NFL’s best passer rating (105.0) over the past two seasons.
  • Chargers' secondary doesn't miss Cromartie | National Football Post
    The San Diego Chargers don't miss cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who was traded to the New York Jets this offseason. Cromartie clashed with teammates and coaches last season. Now that he's gone, the Chargers' secondary is a happier bunch.
  • San Diego's Travis Johnson fined for hit vs. Bears | National Football Post
    That is because he came away with a $5,000 fine from the NFL. Johnson was called for a late hit on Chicago Bears running back Chester Taylor when he jumped on Taylor’s back at the end of a seven-yard run in the second quarter.
  • Jackson will miss three or six games |
    In an e-mail, a league spokesman confirmed what I wrote over the weekend -- that as long as Jackson signs his tender and reports by Sept. 4 (3 p.m. PT, the deadline for cutting down rosters to 53 players) he can serve his time on the Roster Exempt list and his suspension concurrently.