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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: May 21, 2013

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Your daily dose of San Diego Chargers news & notes from around the web.

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Te'o not Charger who needs protection - Matt Calkins (paywall)
It is completely understandable that Chargers coach Mike McCoy would want to shield his celebrity of a linebacker from prying media members, and if the request came from Te’o, one can empathize with that as well. But this story isn’t like a headache or a bruise that will go away if you just leave it alone. It’s more like an anxiety disorder – the only way to kill it is with exposure.

Chargers Sound Off on Addition of Dwight Freeney - Ricky Henne
"It’s awesome to have him," said Philip Rivers, who knows firsthand how disruptive Freeney can be. "I’ve competed against the guy numerous times and I’ve followed his career. He has almost 108 sacks, so it will be a great addition for us. He’s a veteran and a game changer as far as the types of plays he makes."

Can Andy Dalton shed the 'average QB' label? - Mike Tanier
We are at 12 quarterbacks, into the zone of the average starter. List some names: Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler, Tony Romo, Matt Schaub, Sam Bradford, Josh Freeman, Phillip Rivers, Carson Palmer, Ryan Tannehill, Christian Ponder and, of course, Andy Dalton.

Washington Post Four-Part Series on NFL Injuries via
The Washington Post has an excellent four-part series that ran yesterday and today about medical issues in the NFL. Some of the graphics use detail from the FO injury database.

Rookie San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen criticized for wearing Raiders hat in photo -
In what many sports bloggers are calling a 'rookie' mistake, Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen inadvertently set off a social media firestorm over the weekend after posting a photo of himself donning a Raiders hat.