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Jackson sprains finger, Hochuli revisits Chargers

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    8:17 p.m. August 19, 2009

    Vincent Jackson sprained the middle finger on his left hand when he and Antonio Cromartie tangled on a deep incompletion during Wednesday's practice.

    Jackson, who led the Chargers with 1,098 receiving yards in his breakout 2008 season, said afterward he should be fine in a few days. He will miss Saturday's exhibition at Arizona.

    After the pass, beautifully thrown and expertly defended, with Cromartie reaching in at the last second, both players went to the ground. Jackson stayed down for several seconds before getting up and immediately walking to the training room.
    He left the locker room with his left hand heavily bandaged but relieved not to have a broken finger.

    “This is definitely something I can recover from,” he said.

    Seeing Hochuli

    Ed Hochuli is the referee for Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals, the first time the Chargers will have seen Hochuli since he blew a call that cost them their Sept. 14 game at Denver last season.
    Head coach Norv Turner said he will engage in the usual pleasantries with Hochuli before the game.

    “He's going to officiate a game as we continue in the season,” Turner said. “He's a good referee.”
    Hochuli's mistaken call of an incomplete pass on a Jay Cutler fumble brought the wrath of Turner and many thousands of Chargers fans. The call also prompted a rule change that would allow such a play to be reviewed by replay.

    Misc. parts

    Shawne Merriman doesn't believe his knee will be 100 percent until the middle of September or maybe a little longer.
    But it's not his knee he's worried about now.

    “The knee is the easy thing,” said Merriman, who returned to practice yesterday after a day off on Tuesday.

    “It's getting everything else firing again.”

    Merriman is not moving with the fluidity he normally does, but it's not his surgically repaired knee hindering him. He said his groin and hips are “smoking” as he works them back into football shape.

    “Imagine not using your hips and things for all that time in the way you need to,” he said. “It's tough.”

    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    •First-round pick Larry English could participate in a limited manner in today's practice, but Turner said “he's not ready to go full speed” and that English will not play Saturday. English is coming off a hamstring strain that has kept him out most of the past two weeks.

    •Having played well Saturday, and with Jacques Cesaire (calf) sitting out another practice, Mount Miguel alum Ogemdi Nwagbuo worked significant reps with the first-team defense yesterday. A defensive tackle, Nwagbuo was undrafted out of Michigan State last year and spent December on the Chargers' practice squad.

    •Kynan Forney did not practice due to neck stiffness. Corey Clark worked with the first team at right guard.

  2. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
  3. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    Wouldn't mind someone on the chargers giving him a smack for what he did to us
  4. sickswonnyne

    sickswonnyne Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2006
    I actually want Hochuli to referee our next big game. He owes us, and I doubt he'd screw us over after all he went through. He'd probably give us favorable calls if they're close.
  5. Zot

    Zot Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2009
    I might be in the minority around here, but I still think Hochli is a good ref. I know he blew the call, but he did man up and admit it. He's always been a good ref and I wouldn't mind him refing our game.

    (The ref could be much worse...I remember the bad ol' days of that jerk Seaman)

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  6. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    I'm still not willing to give Hochuli the benefit of the doubt. From the Olympics, to tennis, to the NBA, to the NFL, I am skeptical of the lot.
  7. Nomadic Bolt Fan

    Nomadic Bolt Fan Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2006
  8. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    Super Bowl.

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