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Healthy Castillo ‘excited’ about season

Discussion in 'American Football' started by LFEpooh124, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. LFEpooh124

    LFEpooh124 BoltTalker

    Dec 4, 2006
    Healthy Castillo ‘excited’ about season
    By Kevin Acee

    Luis Castillo attempted to sidestep the topic of how much better he feels going into this season healthy.

    Football players, they get that way. Injuries are not their favorite topic.

    Finally, Castillo smiled and said, “I'm excited. I'm excited. I am. I really am.”

    It's the annual this-could-be-the-year watch for the talented defensive end who has been plagued by injury and that awful “potential” word.

    Seemingly on his way to a possible Pro Bowl season in 2006, he suffered a high ankle sprain the first week of November and missed seven weeks before playing out the season in extreme pain.

    Almost a year to the day after that '06 injury, he suffered an injury to his opposite ankle that forced him out the next six weeks. Last August, just weeks after signing a rich multiyear contract, he hurt his back in training camp.

    His back was not right all season, yet he started 15 games. But he wasn't going to not play. And looking back, he acknowledges the pressure he put on himself.

    “I think there were some things injurywise that, you know, when you throw the contract on top of it, I feel like I had a big responsibility to get through some things last year,” he said recently.

    “Regardless, you always try to battle through some things, but even more so last year.”

    Owning Oakland
    LaDainian Tomlinson couldn't have drawn a better opponent against which to begin his season of defiance. Or a better stadium.

    Six of the eight times he has played at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Tomlinson has rushed for more than 100 yards. Only once in 16 career games against Oakland has he not scored a touchdown.

    He averages 119 yards a game against the Raiders, having rushed for more than 150 yards (five) almost as many times as he has fewer than 100 (seven) against them.

    Tomlinson is not the only one with big numbers against the Raiders.

    The Chargers' 11 straight victories over their erstwhile rivals is tied for the longest active win streak in the NFL (Pittsburgh over Cleveland and New England over Buffalo).

    Shawne Merriman has 6.5 sacks in three games against the Raiders, and Shaun Phillips has 9 sacks in 10 games against them.

    Nuts 'n' Bolts
    •As voted by their peers yesterday, the Chargers captains this season are Philip Rivers and Tomlinson on offense, Stephen Cooper and Jamal Williams on defense, and Kassim Osgood on special teams. Its Tomlinson's seventh time as a captain, Williams' and Osgood's fifth, Rivers' fourth and the first time for Cooper.

    • Mike Scifres is second in the NFL in net punt average over the past four seasons at 39.1 yards. The only player ahead of him is Oakland's Shane Lechler, at 39.2 yards. The two are good friends who talk and compare notes regularly.

    •Ever-popular rookie receiver Charly Martin, cut by the Chargers, was signed to the Carolina Panthers' practice squad.

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    High Powered Offense & Shut Down Defense. That's what I want this year!
  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    We need to see production out of Luis this year. I love the guy, but he's been down the last couple of years. We bag on Buster about being hurt all of the time, but little is mentioned about Castillo's susceptibility to injury.

    Time to step up, Luis. :tup:

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