San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith brought in two free agents to try to replace the departed Vincent Jackson, but he was also hoping to get help from sophomore receiver Vincent Brown. That help evaporated when Brown broke his ankle in a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Chargers had hoped Brown could return at some point in 2012, and they used a new NFL rule that allowed him to be placed on injured reserve and return after eight games. After 12 games, Brown is still not practicing, and it now appears that he will miss the rest of the season.
Brown admitted to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego that he was “most likely not” going to be able to return this season. “I’ll probably just be chilling,” Brown said.
Brown, Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander form a nice corps of wide receivers for Philip Rivers. If the Chargers can fix the offensive line in the offseason then the team could rebound in a big way in 2013.
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Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego reports that Rivers is practicing behind an offense line with just two of its normal starters.
Defensive coordinator John Pagano does a wonderful X’s and O’s segment on the Chargers’ official website.
Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says that safety Rahim Moore is the busiest defender in Denver.
The Broncos downgraded right guard Chris Kuper to questionable for tonight’s game, according to the team’s official Twitter account.
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle says the Raiders and Broncos are on opposite paths.
Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times posted an email response from the Raiders director of media relations Zak Gilbert specifically addressing the recent rumored contact between the team and Jon Gruden,
“There are two people on this planet that have the ability to make talks happen between Jon Gruden and the Raiders, with regard to him allegedly taking over the football operations, and/or the position of head coach. Each of those individuals, owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie, wanted me to communicate that this rumor has no validity whatsoever. And for the record, I'm personally disgusted that Hub Arkush would spread such an untruth on the day our head coach, Dennis Allen, had to determine with his mom, his brother and sister, whether to take his dad off life support or wait and hope that he would regain consciousness. Dennis didn't have an opportunity to say goodbye to his dad, but he did have an opportunity to take a phone call regarding Hub's story."
The Chiefs attended a memorial service for Jovan Belcher yesterday, according to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star.