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Edwards, Merriman to Stay Home

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    <strong>August 10, 2005</strong>
    Source: <a href="http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2231">Chargers.com</a>

    The Chargers finished up their preparations for the Packers with a brief walk through Wednesday morning, and following the practice, Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer announced that seven players, including linebacker Donnie Edwards and linebacker/defensive end Shawne Merriman, will not make the trip to Lambeau Field.

    "It's imperative that we get and keep our guys healthy," Schottenheimer said. "We're going to let them heal up, and hopefully we'll have them for the Rams game."

    Edwards suffered what Schottenheimer called a "first-degree ankle sprain" on Monday. Merriman has experienced tightness in his hamstring and missed practice on Tuesday.

    "It's a bit disappointing because I'm a football player and I want to play," Merriman said. "They just don't want to push it right now, and I have to be cool with that."

    Defensive end Luis Castillo, who missed time this week due to a foot injury, will make the trip and is expected to see extensive playing time.

    In addition to Edwards and Merriman, tight end Ryan Krause (foot), offensive tackle Courtney VanBuren (knee), wide receiver Malcom Floyd (calf), and linebacker Ben Leber (foot) will remain in San Diego.

    Schottenheimer is anxious to get quarterbacks Philip Rivers and Cleo Lemon some extensive work, but the coach said that Drew Brees will likely play through the first quarter Thursday. Rivers is expected to play the second and third frames with Lemon finishing things in the fourth. It's likely that Craig Ochs will also see time in the fourth quarter.

    Kickoff for Thursday's preseason opener is scheduled for 5 p.m. PST. The game will air nationally on ESPN with Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, and Paul McGuire commentating. Charger fans will also get to hear new play-by-play man Josh Lewin for the first time. Lewin, Hank Bauer, and Katy Temple will have the call on Rock 105.3 in San Diego.
     

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