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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: August 23, 2012

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San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram (54) rushes the quarterback during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 28-20.  Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram (54) rushes the quarterback during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Ingram like Merriman — but built to last - Kevin Acee
I’d never in person seen anything like the way, even as he was still learning the finer points of the game, Merriman would take over a drill in practice or dominate so thoroughly for stretches of games. And Ingram is further along at this point than Merriman was in ’05.

Royal’s Return Has Chargers Ecstatic - Ricky Henne
Head coach Norv Turner has been steadfast in his unwavering enthusiasm of Royal, unable to contain his excitement over the lightning quick jitterbug of a receiver. As a result, he was more than pleased to have the explosive weapon return to action today.

Depth Playing a Key Role with Wide Receivers - Michael Spanos
Since the beginning of training camp, head coach Norv Turner has stressed how important it is to have depth at every position group in case of certain uncontrollable events. After the unfortunate loss of wide receiver Vincent Brown in Saturday’s game against the Cowboys with a broken ankle, that depth will be tested as the remaining wideouts now must step up to fill the void of the talented second year player.

Despite decimated offensive line, Rivers expected to play Friday - Scott Bair
"This is a group that we could be playing opening day with," Turner said. "They're definitely going to be dressed on opening day with where we're at now, and I have a lot of confidence in guys that will line up along the offensive line."

Finding Meachem more often - Scott Bair
Every pass attempt from Philip Rivers to Robert Meachem has been scrutinized this preseason, and it's not limited to games. The Chargers quarterback and new receiver have struggled to complete passes even in practice.

WR Royal happy to rejoin practice after injury - Scott Bair
"I caught my first ball in live action in quite some time, and it felt really good," Royal said. "It's one thing to be watching and another to be in the huddle. It makes you feel more a part of the family. I'm happy to be back."

Poll results: Mathews' health a concern - Bill Williamson
In our AFC West poll this week, we asked if the Chargers should be concerned about Mathews health. As of 6:20 p.m. ET Wednesday, a whopping 88 percent voted that the Chargers should be concerned. Just 12 percent believe the Chargers can rely on Mathews.