The Chargers played without LaDainian Tomlinson much of the night. On the shovel pass on which he lost a fumble for the first time in 987 touches, Tomlinson rolled his ankle. He would come in and out of the game throughout the second half. "It wasn't bad enough I couldn't play," said Tomlinson, who was limping badly after the game. "Toward the end, it really got tight on me."
Andre Coleman has been signed from the practice squad because Jacques Cesaire is doubtful for tonight's game. A roster spot needs to be opened up, and it could be one of the other Defensive Lineman or perhaps C.J. Spillman that gets cut. UPDATE: Gartrell Johnson has been waived. If he clears waivers, the team can sign him to the practice squad to take Andre Coleman's spot.
Jay Cutler and the Bears' chances of having a great season just got significantly worse.
1. LADAINIAN DOMINATION: LaDainian Tomlinson has played a full season (16 games) against the Raiders in his eight-year career and gained a whopping 1,906 yards rushing, caught 52 passes for an additional 262 yards, scored 22 touchdowns and thrown for three more scores. Taking it a step further, he's gained 1,005 yards rushing in just eight games at Oakland, failing to surpass 100 yards only twice. So, even if the Raiders didn't have the league's worst rushing defense over the past six seasons, yeah, you probably should watch him.Five things to watch - SignOnSanDiego.com
Four days old and hopefully not outdated, be sure to check out my preview of tonight's Chargers/Raiders game if you haven't already.
1. Philip Rivers: Rivers needs to play like a superstar this year. All the pieces are in place for him to have a big year. He has talent around him and he is in his prime. Rivers is a leader whose teammates believe in him. It is time for him to improve and take the next step along with his teammates. 2. LaDainian Tomlinson: Tomlinson doesn’t have to be great this season and he might not be. He just turned 30, has battled injuries and he had his least productive season last year. So, not much is expected. But if Tomlinson, who seems fiercely focused this summer, can stay healthy and rush for 1,500 yards, the multi-talented Chargers will be difficult to stop. 3. Shawne Merriman: If Merriman is the same player he was before he missed all but one game with a knee injury last season, the Chargers defense will be tough. San Diego learned to play without him last season, but it was a rough lesson and it’s not anything the team wants to repeat. The Chargers are much better against the pass, and they are much meaner overall, with Merriman on the field. He makes them a different team.
Five weeks after drawing coach Norv Turner’s ire and a $2,500 fine for tweeting about lousy training camp food, Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie said he’s not being fined for posting a picture of the notes he was taking during a film session. "Hell no," Cromartie said Friday. Cromartie posted a picture on his Twitter account Tuesday showing a notebook with some diagrams and the caption, "Man I’m in here going hard wit film studying. It’s been an hr and I’m going abt another 30 min." He also posted a picture of a film projection screen that showed a play in a game at Oakland, where the Chargers will open their season Monday night. The screen is framed with a motivational sign on one side and a sign on the other side that lists "defensive back weapons," including eyes, hips and hands.
The District Attorney's Office has decided not to file charges against Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman in the alleged domestic dispute with MTV star Tila Nguyen. "After a thorough review of the investigation into the Sept. 6, 2009 incident at the Poway home of Shawne Merriman, our office has determined there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any crime was committed," District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said in a statement Friday afternoon. Dumanis said the case has been closed. "I'm happy," Merriman said Friday following practice at Chargers Park. He said he would release a more complete statement soon. He said he was confident all along that nothing would come of the allegations.DA won't file charges against Merriman - SignOnSanDiego.com
San Diego district attorney says no charges to be filed against Merriman, and "The case is now closed." Story coming. #nctimes@nctimes on Twitter