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Newest Charger says he's finally healthy

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Johnson has yet to play in the preseason and won't play Friday against San Francisco. He doesn't know the Chargers' calls and hasn't played end in three years. "I wouldn't do that to him," head coach Norv Turner said. "Our goal is to have him ready for the Oakland game (Sept. 14)." (from the bottom of the article: Forney still battling neck injuries. I think the job belongs to Louis.)

Four weeks ago, Chief Operating Officer Jim Steeg said "thousands of tickets" were unsold for each...

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Four weeks ago, Chief Operating Officer Jim Steeg said "thousands of tickets" were unsold for each home game. Tuesday, club spokesman Bill Johnston said there are still "a significant number of tickets available to all of our remaining games. We have sold the most tickets to the Philadelphia game (Nov. 15), but it is not close to selling out."

Picture is bleak for watching live tilts

Chargers make three moves

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First, the Chargers placed cornerback Brandon Hughes on "Reserve – Injured." Hughes, the team’s fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s preseason game at Atlanta. Wide receiver Demetrius Byrd, the team’s seventh-round draft pick who signed a four-year deal Monday, will spend the entire year on "Reserve – Non Football Injury." Byrd continues to recover from injuries suffered in an automobile accident suffered a week prior to the draft. And finally, the Chargers released linebacker Anthony Felder, an undrafted free agent from California-Berkeley.

Brandon Hughes, the Chargers' fifth-round pick, and the leading candidate to be the fourth...

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Brandon Hughes, the Chargers' fifth-round pick, and the leading candidate to be the fourth cornerback, has a "significant" knee injury and will be out "a while," according to head coach Norv Turner. Turner confirmed the Chargers will look at other teams' cuts for a corner.

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Keith Olbermann hates this move.

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Keith Olbermann hates this move.

Chargers acquire Johnson, sign Byrd

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Also Monday, the Chargers signed wide receiver Demetrius Byrd, their seventh-round pick in April’s draft, to a four-year contract. In addition to the two additions, the Chargers also made three subtractions Monday. The team waived wide receiver Greg Carr, offensive tackle Dan Gay and wide receiver Rodgeriques Smith. All three players joined the Chargers as undrafted free agents in April. With the moves, the Chargers’ roster currently stands at 78 players. They have make three more transactions by Tuesday at 1 pm in order to reach the NFL-mandated limit of 75 players.

Backs figure into roster decisions

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On a roster deep with backs and precious little space at the bottom, the Chargers' decision before the Sept. 5 final roster cuts will come down to keeping Bennett or fullback Mike Tolbert. With the Chargers not believing Darren Sproles is an every-down back, a scenario without Tomlinson would require them to look beyond their No. 2 tailback. They will keep fourth-round pick Gartrell Johnson, because they like his potential. But they almost certainly won't want to hand him the ball 20 times or more in a game this season.

Chargers trade for Travis Johnson

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Chargers acquired NT Travis Johnson from the Texans in exchange for undisclosed compensation. The Texans were fed up with Johnson's inability to practice, but they've just given up their most gifted run stopper. The compensation is likely no more than a mid- to late-round pick, making the deal a steal for San Diego. Johnson, the 16th overall pick in 2005, is only 27 and could play either end or the nose in San Diego, where depth is needed behind aging NT Jamal Williams. Houston's run defense has struggled this preseason and now looks worse.

Chiefs fire offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. Uh oh. - Shutdown Corner

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It's true that most things don't matter a great deal in the preseason. I would suggest, though, that when you're firing your offensive coordinator two weeks before the season starts, that that means a great deal. And not in a good way. That's what the Chiefs just did, though. After a preseason in which they've scored two offensive touchdowns in three games (and only one of those by the first-stringers), Chan Gailey is gone. This comes on top of the news that brand new golden boy quarterback Matt Cassell could be out for up to four weeks with a knee injury.