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Chargers make three more moves

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2281" target="_blank">Chargers.com</a>

    For the second-consecutive year, Chargers offensive tackle Courtney VanBuren will spend the season on injured reserve. A knee injury suffered by the third-year pro will force VanBuren to miss the 2005 season, Bolts Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer announced Tuesday.

    "His knee needs to be addressed," Schottenheimer said "We're not certain yet, but we're pretty sure that he's going to need an operation. It's unfortunate because Courtney is a good young man and he's played well when we've had him out there."

    In order to get their active roster to 65 players Tuesday afternoon as mandated by the NFL, the club also waived tight end Sean Brewer and offensive lineman David Brandt.

    The Chargers currently have 76 players in the fold because the team received 11 NFL Europe exemptions. Players that participated in NFLE last spring do not count against the 65-man active roster this week. The Bolts must release 23 more players by 3 p.m. PT on Saturday.

    <strong>Injury Update</strong>

    Defensive end Luis Castillo and wide receiver Vincent Jackson, both of whom have been bothered by Achilles injuries of late, practiced for the second consecutive day Tuesday. Castillo is at full speed and will be on the field Thursday. Jackson's status is still uncertain.

    "Vincent worked a bit yesterday and then had to step out," Schottenheimer said. "Luis is good to go, but Vincent is not as likely."

    After missing Monday's work with a calf injury, defensive end Igor Olshansky practiced Tuesday. Linebacker Shawne Merriman (knee), wide receiver Malcom Floyd (Achilles) and tight end Ryan Krause (toe) did not work with their teammates. Schottenheimer said Merriman and Floyd will not play Thursday. Krause will be a game-time decision. Defensive end Jacques Cesaire (hamstring) is healthy and will play, and DeQuincy Scott (thigh) will be ready to play, but Schottenheimer is unsure if he will be used.

    <strong>Blacked Out</strong>

    If you live within 75 miles of San Diego and wish to see the Chargers' preseason finale against the San Francisco 49ers, the only way to do so live will be to purchase a ticket and attend the contest at Qualcomm Stadium.

    There is a long-standing League policy that requires all games not sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff to be blacked out in the local market, which includes all areas within a 75-mile radius of the stadium and those areas whose television signal reaches within that 75-mile zone. Additionally, the league's policy affects all telecasts, both cable and satellite.

    Approximately 6,800 tickets remain for the game. They can be purchased at Qualcomm Stadium's Gate C, at www.chargers.com, or by calling TicketMaster at 619-220-TIXS (8497). The game kicks off at 7:05 p.m.

    <strong>Welcome Home, Alex</strong>

    While the NFL has brought plenty of new opportunities to 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, playing in Qualcomm is old business. Thursday will be the fifth appearance at the stadium for the top pick in April's draft. Smith twice played in Qualcomm while prepping at San Diego's Helix High School, and his Utah Utes twice played there against Mountain West Conference foe San Diego State.

    Tim Rattay will most likely start for San Francisco, but Smith will see plenty of action. Smith led the 49ers on an 80-yard drive last week to sink the Tennessee Titans in overtime.

    <strong>Work Horses</strong>

    Thursday will mark the Bolts' third game in a 12 days span, but Schottenheimer is fine with where his men are from a fatigue standpoint.

    "We've tailored the playing time in both the games and practices to that end. I can't imagine me doing it that way 20 or even 10 years ago, but that's what we've chosen to do."

    Following the preseason finale, the Chargers will have 10 days to prepare for their regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

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