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Getting close to game time

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. robdog

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    <strong>August 9, 2005</strong>
    Source: <a href="http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2229">Chargers.com</a>

    Finally, the time to hit someone else is near.

    "We're tired of beating up on each other," linebacker Steve Foley said. "We can't wait to get up there to Green Bay and knock those guys around a bit."

    On Tuesday, the Chargers went through their final full-speed practice before they depart to Lambeau Field Wednesday for their preseason opener. The Bolts will square off against the Packers on ESPN Thursday night.

    "You can tell that we're getting close to game time," tackle Shane Olivea said. "We're ready for game action, and guys really picked it up today."

    Thursday will mark the first professional contest of the young careers of wide receiver Vincent Jackson and a host of other rookies.

    "We spend so much time in camp just preparing," Jackson said. "It's time to go apply. I'm getting excited about running out of the tunnel for the first time and getting a chance to play ball in a special place. Green Bay has so much history and tradition. That's a great place to get rolling."

    Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' unit had another impressive afternoon on Tuesday. Former Packer Bhawoh Jue broke up two passes and intercepted another in his final tune up before facing his old mates.

    "I've got to bring my A game for those guys," Jue said. "Thursday is going to be a special experience for me. I'd love to pick off Brett (Favre)."

    Safety Clinton Hart also recorded an interception Tuesday, and linebacker Robbie Farmer picked up a sack. Cornerback Quentin Jammer, who Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer has vocally praised throughout camp, knocked down a pair of passes as well. Linebacker Phil Archer has drawn the attention of the coaching staff in recent days for his disciplined play.

    Offensively, Jackson had a productive afternoon working the middle of the field. Fullback Lorenzo Neal caught the defense off guard and ripped off a long run during team drills, and running back Michael Turner ran well in space. Wide receiver Greg Camarillo caught several passes, including one from Cleo Lemon on which the former Arkansas State Indian threaded the needle nicely.

    Linebacker Donnie Edwards (ankle), linebacker/defensive end Shawne Merriman (hamstring/toe), linebacker Ben Leber (foot), linebacker Marques Harris (back), wide receiver Malcolm Floyd (calf), defensive end Luis Castillo (foot), offensive tackle Courtney VanBuren (knee), and tight end Ryan Krause (foot) did not practice Tuesday.

    Edwards was on crutches following Monday's afternoon workout. It's unlikely that he'll play Thursday, but Schottenheimer said that he should be fine for the Aug. 21st contest against the St. Louis Rams.

    Merriman had a toenail removed on Tuesday but said that his hamstring is his main issue at this point. The Chargers' top pick suffered a minor strain last week, and the team's medical staff is leery that Merriman could make the issue worse. His status for Thursday is unknown. Defensive end Luis Castillo is battling a minor foot injury. He sat out Tuesday's drills after participating on Monday.

    The Bolts will have a short practice Wednesday morning before heading out to Green Bay.
     

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