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Chargers looking forward to practicing with Cowboys

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

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    CHARGERS: Bolts look forward to workouts with Cowboys

    SAN DIEGO ---- The Dallas Cowboys haven't left town yet.

    Opposing NFL teams typically catch a charter flight shortly after game time runs out, hoping to reach their own beds before daybreak.

    The Cowboys, however, are on an extended stay in America's Finest City.

    They will engage in a pair of intersquad practices at Chargers Park on Monday and Tuesday. Both teams will hold isolated walk-throughs, but will come together in the late morning to go against each other in these highly-anticipated workouts.

    Chargers head coach Norv Turner hopes that several injured Chargers will be back for these workouts. That list includes receiver Eddie Royal, who has missed most of training camp with a strained groin. Royal's return would be a real boost after the loss of up-and-coming receiver Vincent Brown.

    Brown had surgery on Sunday to repair a broken left ankle suffered Saturday while hauling in a touchdown in the third quarter. The surgery was successful and, according to a team source, Brown's timetable for recovery hasn't changed much. Brown will need eight weeks of recovery time and, as reported last night, will miss most of the regular season's first half.

    That heightens the value of Royal, a player Turner has been enamored with all offseason, Malcom Floyd and Robert Meachem, who is still establishing a rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers.

    The Chargers don't plan to place Brown on injured reserve, meaning they'll have to keep an extra receiver on the 53-man roster.

    They wouldn't do so if they didn't have high hopes for Brown and his ability to contribute this season. He has been the best receiver of this training camp and seemed primed for a breakout year. The Chargers don't believe that prospect is gone, and still refer to his production in the present tense.

    "He's really coming on," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "He's going to be a big part of what we do. He was having a great preseason and a great camp. You hate seeing anyone get injured, but other guys will have to step up."

    Few bubble receivers have Brown's skill level, but the Chargers will carry on with the players they have as opposed to searching the free-agent market.

    Micheal Spurlock has impressed in Royal's absence, and should make the team along with Meachem, Royal, Floyd and Brown. The Chargers will keep one more until Brown heals, which has created an opening for a player like Roscoe Parrish, experienced return man Richard Goodman and undrafted rookie Mike Willie.

    The Chargers and Cowboys squared off last season before an exhibition in Texas.

    "We're using this team to get better," Chargers tight end Antonio Gates said. "You take a group of guys you're not used to playing against and you're using that unfamiliarity to a maximum benefit. We'll be tested and we'll have to adjust, and that's a good thing. We want to continue to grow, and I think we'll learn a lot about ourselves over the next few days."

    These intersquad practices are not unique, but they are rare. Few teams engage in such exchanges, but the relationship between the Chargers and Cowboys is strong. Also, they don't play each other in the regular season, so there's little worry about giving away trade secrets.

    Dallas coach Jason Garrett was the Cowboys' backup quarterback and Turner was offensive coordinator for the Cowboys and helped that franchise win two Super Bowls.

    Turner and Garrett have remained close, which is what sparked the idea last year.

    "We've gone against each other for some time and have had some very physical practices, but I think that seeing some different personnel and some different style will be good for us," Turner said. "They're a very athletic team. They're very talented. It was a good experience for us last year. I think it accelerated our camp and the progress of our young players. It'll be really good work for us this time around."
     
  2. FCBolt

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    Should be an interesting battle.
     
  3. Blue Bolt

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    I fail to see what Battle has to do with this. ;)
     
  4. Buck Melanoma

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    Will there be some ankle twisting from our guys? ;)
     

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