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Castillo happy to feel healthy

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    7:23 p.m. August 26, 2009

    SAN DIEGO – There were just five defensive linemen on the field Wednesday at Chargers Park, and Luis Castillo was one of them.

    “It's a good feeling,” Castillo said. “I've dealt with a lot of things over the years, and I've killed myself this offseason to make sure I'm performing at a high level, but you still never know.”

    This isn't the first offseason Castillo has worked hard, and yet each of his four NFL seasons has been interrupted or limited by injury. But a year after nursing a back injury through August and all through the season, Castillo has not missed a practice this camp.

    “I think for me, it's just the difference of being out there every day,” he said. “I haven't done that since I've been in San Diego. I think we're going up to 700 snaps through the last 25 days.”

    As Jamal Williams (rest), Vaughn Martin (groin), Ian Scott (rest) and Jacques Cesaire (calf) sat out, Castillo and some kids got a lot of reps. In that, head coach Norv Turner saw a silver lining.

    “Those young guys need the work,” Turner said. “This is good for them. They're going to get a chance to show what they can do in these two (remaining preseason) games.”

    Meanwhile, Turner indicated Cesaire might not play in the preseason at all.

    Said Turner: “Whenever a guy goes a couple weeks and doesn't play, there is a level of concern. But I think he's going to be all right. I think he could play against San Francisco (in the Sept. 4 preseason finale) if that's what we choose to do. We've got him on schedule to be ready for the opener.”

    Tight end Antonio Gates sat a second straight practice. Said Turner: “He's still sore. He's gone so darn hard and has not missed a snap. We probably should have given him a day a week ago. It's caught up to him.”

    Safety Steve Gregory was back in practice after being out the past five days with a stomach flu.

    Linebacker Shawne Merriman was back in practice for the first time since Saturday's game


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