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Serious Business: 8/3 San Diego Chargers Links

Chargers were suitor for Buccaneers' Adam Hayward - Stephen F. Holder
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed free agent linebacker Adam Hayward on Monday, it turns out they held off another suitor for the veteran backup linebacker.

Rookie QB Tolzien crams to learn offense in shortened timeframe - Scott Bair
All rookies are learning the Chargers' schemes on the fly, but there's little doubt that Scott Tolzien has it the hardest. 

Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason has surgery on right index finger - Washington Post
Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason had surgery on his fractured right index finger on Monday, leaving him in "good position to be ready for the season," coach Norv Turner said.

Ryan Mathews is off to a rough start this season - Gregg Rosenthal
Once Mathews passed the test and got back on the field, he didn’t stay there for long.  He’s missed the last few days of work due to "soreness" or a toe injury, depending which San Diego paper you read.  Coach Norv Turner hopes Mathews returns in the next few days.

Deuce Lutui pledges to lose weight - ESPN.com news services
The Patriots also announced they had signed free-agent rookie Christian Cox, a defensive end from Utah, and released quarterback Jonathan Crompton, who spent parts of 2010 on the Patriots' and San Diego Chargers' practice squads.

Source: Saints, Aubrayo Franklin agree - ESPN.com news services
The Saints also agreed to free-agent deals with safety Paul Oliver, tight end Tory Humphrey and cornerback Terrail Lambert. Oliver is a four-year veteran who has appeared in 44 games for San Diego. He has 106 career tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. He also has been a special teams regular.

To secure big talent, maybe Bolts should tolerate some baggage - Tim Sullivan
Yet Belichick forsaking his own “Patriot Way” for the sake of the wayward has to rattle some of Smith’s bedrock beliefs. If only as an intellectual exercise, Smith should study Belichick’s decisions for useful clues and retest hypotheses he has previously rejected.